Flourishing in Schools: A Positive Organizational Perspective (2014-2018)
This research program is designed to explore how schools and people in schools flourish. Attending to strengths and positive outlooks, as opposed to a deficit-model of thinking, can increase resilience, vitality, and happiness and can decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. These findings from positive psychology have implications for how we think about the teaching and learning that goes on in schools and the benefits that may accrue from focusing on what works, what goes well, what brings vitality to people in schools. I bring ideas from the disciplines of both positive psychology and positive organization studies into the field of education to explore flourishing in schools.