Moving Strengths Forward...
Sophia Fanourgiakis, M.Sc. and Margaret Lumley, Ph.D., C.Psych., both of the Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, have been studying the influence of a strength-based approach to education at schools from the Wellington Catholic District School Board. Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School is a 9-12 high school of about 750 students in the South end of Guelph, ON. St. John Bosco is an Alternative Education high school located downtown Guelph, ON. Find out more about each of these school in the Voices section of the site.
Our Taking Stock Report outlines the research related to St. John Bosco and Bishop Macdonell "In or At Risk" students:
How Teacher-Student Relationships and Self-Beliefs Influence Student Engagement in an Alternative Education Setting:
Hear from our experts:
Dr. Jennine Rawana, an Assistant Professor at York University, discusses evidence related to student engagement as it pertains to the Strengths in Education project of Wellington Catholic District School Board:
Dr. Margaret Lumley, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, discusses the positive outcomes of strength-based education, based on the research that has been completed on the project:
Read the Papers:
Implementation of a Strengths-Based Approach to Teaching in an Elementary School
Edward P. Rawana et. al.
Strength-based Approaches: Improving the lives of our children and youth
Alliance for Children & Youth
Strength Based Approach
State of Victoria [Australia] Department of Education and Early Childhood Development