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Positive EducationThe Geelong Grammar School Journey$
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Jacolyn M. Norrish

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702580

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702580.001.0001

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Positive Health and Resilience

Positive Health and Resilience

(p.151) 8 Positive Health and Resilience
Positive Education

Jacolyn M. Norrish

Oxford University Press

Resilience enables people to bounce back from challenge and adversity in ways that promote wellbeing, social connectedness, and flourishing. In her introduction to this chapter, expert Dr Karen Reivich outlines the Penn Resiliency Program and research that supports its evidence base. The chapter then explains how key concepts of resilience, such as understanding how thoughts influence feelings and actions, and detecting unhelpful thought patterns, are explicitly taught to students at Geelong Grammar School. Complementary to this foundation is the more recent addition to the Positive Education curriculum of post-traumatic growth, which focuses on creating meaning and purpose from adversity. The chapter also explores how Timbertop, where Year 9 students spend an entire school year living, working, and studying in the Australian bush, builds resilience and confidence by exposing students to challenging tasks while they are supported within a close community.

Keywords:   Positive Education, Positive Psychology, resilience, Penn Resiliency Program, Timbertop, post-traumatic growth

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