This unit addresses pedagogical approaches for developing academic, social and emotional wellbeing in school students. The focus of the unit is on the factors that contribute to the ability of individuals, groups and organisations to flourish in school settings working from a strengths perspective. In this unit you will explore the pedagogy involved in working with school students on approaches to developing positive emotions. Areas covered include learned optimism, character strengths, resilience, flow, positive relationships, positive communication, mindfulness, self-efficacy, confidence, goal setting, as well as social and emotional development approaches such as circle solutions. You will explore these themes in practical ways related to your own school-based experiences.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate, document and critically analyse the approaches used by schools to foster the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of students in schools;  
  2. Develop and trial pedagogical approaches for promoting the wellbeing of school students; and  
  3. Critically review research based approaches to the development of academic, social and emotional wellbeing in schools.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Portfolio of reflections and research on pedagogical approaches for developing wellbeing and flourishing in school settings. 50%
Report Report on reflections and research on pedagogical approaches for developing wellbeing and flourishing in school settings. 50%

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

A Primer in Positive psychology
Peterson, C (2006)
New York: Oxford University Press.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
Seligman, Martin E. P. (2011).
New York: Free Press.

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