Character Strengths

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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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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 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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Teaching Character – the other half of the picture

Character Lab Researcher Andrew Sokatch highlights the importance of character strengths (eg courage, optimism, persistence) that are non-cognitive and are critical for success in school and in life. He expresses concern that schools focus solely on test...
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The Fringe Benefits of Failure & the Importance of Imagination

Commencement Address at Harvard Language – English Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) -J.K. Rowling Access Location(s) – Harvard Gazette Publisher/Producers – Harvard University Year of Publishing/Release-2008 User – Students, Teachers,...
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Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning.

This seminal article developed by the Stanford group of leading researchers in the area of cognitive and non-cognitive development of students discusses the importance of focusing on not only cognitive factors—what is taught and how it is taught—but...
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Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification

Seligmann and Peterson laid the foundation for the immensely important field of Positive Psychology. This Handbook provides an extensive, research-based discussion of positive character traits, Including an explication of a short-list of the character...
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