Sculptor or gardener? dilemmas in strength-based education

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In a Danish research project [1], I identified VIA-strengths in children age 6-16 in order to confirm whether all 24 VIA-strength is developed by the age of 6 when the children start school in Denmark, and also to confirm at what age the different character strengths seem relatively stable corresponding to the criteria for VIA-strengths [2]. Lopez & Louis [3] and Linkins et al [4] have suggested different principles for strength-based education and how to implement it in schools. The findings in the research project have an impact on the pedagogical methods used in education as well as the upbringing of children making it necessary to discuss strength-based education and two different, commonly used strength-based approaches: The Sculptor cultivating specific and valued strengths or the gardener nurturing and fertilizing the strengths of the specific child.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year30 Jun 2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018
EventECPP European Conference in Positive Psychology - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 27 Jun 201830 Jun 2018


ConferenceECPP European Conference in Positive Psychology
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