Theory and Practice of Positive Education

    Unit code: EED6112 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    This unit of study addresses issues of wellbeing in the context of educational settings. The focus of the unit is to investigate the factors that contribute to the ability of individuals, groups and organisations to flourish. The unit will draw on a range of research findings from the discipline of Positive Psychology (Seligman et al.) and examine their applications in educational settings. The unit will offer participants the opportunity to explore a range of topics contributing to wellbeing including resilience, flow, positive emotions, happiness, self-esteem and self-efficacy, beliefs as self-fulfilling prophecies, the pitfalls of perfectionism, goal setting and the use of character strengths. Students will explore these themes in practical ways related to their own educational contexts.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Evaluate theoretical frameworks that underpin positive education;
    2. Interpret and apply concepts on positive education;
    3. Investigate positive education tools and evaluate their impact on well-being;
    4. Develop skills for self-reflection when applying positive education strategies.


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    In this unit students will complete a series of exercises related to the tutorials. They will also submit a written report on their autoethnographic research project. Students will also present their project to their peers.

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 30%
    Students will write 2 response papers tied to an area of positive education
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 60%
    Students will write an auto-ethnographical research report on a positive education theme
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 10%
    Students will present their auto-ethnographic project. This is peer assessed

    Required reading

    Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate).

    As part of a course

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