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Path to Purpose: Promoting purpose, character and good citizenship in the youth

Bill Damon suggests that motivation in students is related to Purpose, where Purpose is a Super-goal, a goal which organizes many other goals, an ultimate concern or goal that is stable and enduring. Arguing that since adolescence is the period when people...
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The Duckworth lab at the University of Pennsylvania

This website, home of Positive Psychology and Martin Seligmann’s concepts of Learned Optimism, PERMA and Flourishing, provides a wealth of resources for educators: readings, briefs and most importantly, videos of talks for teachers on the important...
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Character at KIPP

Explore the very successful focus on Character Strengths in KIPP schools in underpriveleged sections of American cities. Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) – KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Access Location(s) – KIPP...
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A Developmental Framework for Young Adult Success

Findings from ground-breaking research by the University of Chicago Consortium for School Reform on preparing adolescents for success in college, career and life. Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) – The University of Chicago’s...
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Do You Know Your 24 Character Strengths?

Take this survey to identify your own top 5 character strengths! And find out what you should be working on!! Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) – Martin Seligmann, Chris Peterson Access Location(s) –VIA Institute on...
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Summary video: Why Character?

This video asks the question – “what determines character?” and answers “you”. The video provides an overview of the Character development movement, including the VIA classification of 24 key character strengths, the theory of “growth...
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The Puzzle of Motivation

In an engaging Ted talk, Dan Pink makes a case for changing how business is done.  Citing  research on the power of incentives in solving problems, which found that those who got incentives to perform tasks took longer than those who did not. Pink suggests...
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The key to success? Grit

Angela L Duckworth argues that the marker of student success is not IQ but rather “grit”, the ability to take on and complete arduous tasks through sustained effort.   She suggests that in education we need a motivational perspective: the belief...
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Carol Dweck on Growth Mindsets and Motivation

This video focuses on Carol Dweck’s  ground-breaking research  on the new psychology of success, based on the concept of  “growth mindset”. Dweck distinguishes between a “fixed mindset” that considers intelligence as innate and...
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Positive Psychology

This video provides insight into Seligman’s theory of ‘authentic happiness’ as the essence of the field of positive psychology. He suggests that nations should measure “gross national happiness” which, rather than economic growth, determines...
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