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Restoring community cohesion through positive education: Applying a community resilience model


Auckland, S and Kilpatrick, S, Restoring community cohesion through positive education: Applying a community resilience model, International Journal of Lifelong Education pp. 1-16. ISSN 0260-1370 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02601370.2021.2009584


The benefits of positive education initiatives are well understood in educational settings but less is known about how positive education can support remote communities to embrace change and become more resilient. This paper draws on the findings from an evaluative study of the Foundations to Flourish (F2F), a positive education programme, delivered on the remote setting of King Island, a sparsely populated Island in Bass Strait off Tasmania’s north west coast. In interpreting its findings, the study draws on community resilience models to understand the influence of the F2F programme on adaptive capacity, self-organisation and connectivity during a period of social and economic change. The paper concludes that positive education initiatives such as F2F play an important role in enhancing social connectedness and providing resources known to enhance resilience: positivity, learning experiences, respectful local leadership, effective service infrastructure and interactions that cut across normal close social circles creating a shared sense of purpose or direction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:positive education, resilience, social and economic change, adaptive capacity
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:148317
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-12-21
Last Modified:2022-01-13

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