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Wellbeing in Education. Critically explore the relevance and application of the concept of Wellbeing -in your setting with reference to specific examples and a selection of appropriate literature.

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Critically explore the relevance and application of the concept of 'Wellbeing' -in your setting with reference to specific examples and a selection of appropriate literature. "We often measure wellbeing as happiness or satisfaction with life. The search for happiness is often confused with the pursuit of pleasure, but wellbeing is about more than living 'the good life'; it is about having meaning in life, about fulfilling our potential and feeling that our lives are worthwhile." Eckersley, R. 2005. Well & Good: Morality, Meaning and Happiness, 2nd edition There are many constituent elements to a person's wellbeing; it is an intricate combination of a person's emotional, social, physical and mental health factors. This includes relationships, money, goals and opportunities. Wellbeing is linked to how a person feels about themselves and their life. It is believed that the factors that influence wellbeing are interrelated. A job provides not just money but purpose and goals, an education provides a means to better finances and a sense of achievement, relationships can contribute to a sense of belonging. Some factors also make up for the lack of others, a good marriage can counterbalance a lack of friendships, while religious beliefs may comfort a person and assist them in coming to terms with physical illness and their emotional wellbeing. The concept of 'Wellbeing' has greatly increased with the introduction of positive psychology, mainly by Martin Seligman, and is gaining much attention from psychologists and other scientists alike. "The field of positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences: wellbeing, contentment and satisfaction (in the past); hope and optimism (for the future); and flow and happiness (in the present)." (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000, p. 5). Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. Positive psychology finds its roots in the humanistic approach of the 20th century, which was dominated by Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Clark Moustakas and focused heavily on happiness and fulfilment. ...read more.

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Wellbeing can be subjective with the intrinsic value of one's self worth being validated by feelings of happiness; from an educational point of view it is clear that not all learners will be 'happy' about all aspects of their educational program. This less than happy period could be when challenged by new or diverse ways of thinking that remove the learner from their comfort zone or normal approach to task. Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. Learners should be encouraged to challenge themselves for it is only by overcoming challenges and setting one's self goals that we reach our full potential. "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." George S. Patton (American General in World War I and II, 1885-1945) Sessions need to make intellectual demands on the learners and the form of demonstrations and activities need to be varied in order to both stimulate, motivate and challenge the learner. It is important for a learner to be able to identify, develop and communicate their qualities, skills, attitudes and opinions and to have the opportunity to gain knowledge, build confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities all within a safe and supportive environment. Personal wellbeing helps learners reflect on and understand their own values and attitudes. They identify and articulate feelings and emotions; learn and understand the best approach to managing new or demanding situations effectively and form and maintain valuable relationships with a wide range of people. Personal wellbeing has a major impact on a learner's personal and academic development and their lifelong learning. Qualifications and curriculum Development agency 2011. Within the college there is a heavy focus on learners' wellbeing. The introduction of health awareness events (stop smoking initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns) has increased the understanding and need for health and wellbeing within education. The aim of these events is to raise awareness of health by having professionals exhibiting from the health and fitness industry (nutritionists, sports therapists and complementary health practitioners). ...read more.

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When using task based feedback, you've addressed both self-esteem and you've supported the learner's motivational level for academic goals. Dweck, C. S. (1999) Self Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development. This is also supported by Petty. G (1998) who states that the motivation of the learner is crucial to their achievement and success. A sense of accomplishment adds value to any lesson when recognition for the accomplishment is acknowledged. So the concept of 'praise where praise is due' can have considerable bearing on a learner's wellbeing. However the emotional and personal wellbeing of the learner is not solely determined by their self esteem, it is dependent on many factors including their home life and support network; the feeling of belonging and the security of their environment. These all effect a learner's emotional and educational development. The learner who is criticised at home and made to feel they have nothing to offer will dismiss all attempts to praise their educational accomplishments or alternatively withdraw from education believing that they would ultimately fail. "Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring." Ralph Waldo Emerson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations. Educational facilitators have a duty of care, this encompasses the recognition of a learners individual needs and can be as little as asking 'are you ok' or stating that they are available to the learner should they need or wish to speak to them privately. As learners recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. They learn to deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms. The world is full of complex and sometimes conflicting values. Personal wellbeing helps learners explore this complexity and reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes. They identify and articulate feelings and emotions learn to approach new or difficult situations with a positive attitude and form and sustain successful and effective relationships with a wide range of people. Personal wellbeing makes a major contribution to the promotion of personal development. ...read more.

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