Despite the positive psychology movement
being relatively young and academic research is still building in this area,
there is growing confidence that identifying and developing children’s
strengths could have profound long-term learning benefits. The intended outcome
of this investigation is to contribute to the knowledge base about learning
success when children’s emerging preferences, passions and abilities are
recognized and developed. This paper explores the foundations of
strengths-based approaches for education and presents the findings of a case
study that suggests strengths-based approaches have a positive effect on
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Galloway, R. , Reynolds, B. (2015) Positive Psychology in the Elementary Classroom: The Influence of Strengths-Based Approaches on Children’s Self-Efficacy. Open Journal of Social Sciences
, 16-23. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.39003
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