Positive tertiary education in a residential setting: Kooloobong village



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Oades, L. & Spence, G. (2017). Positive tertiary education in a residential setting: Kooloobong village. Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health (pp. 265-276). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.


Positive education is the development of educational environments that enable learners to engage in established curricula, while also acquiring knowledge and skills that help to develop their own and others' wellbeing (Oades et al., 20ll; Seligman et al., 2009). A key purpose of universities is to educate students. University residences support this process by providing an immersive and hopefully transformative experience in which students can develop as scholars but also as whole people. Positive education makes this latter step more explicit. In this sense, university residential settings potentially can be perfect exemplars of positive education, a proposition this chapter seeks to advance using the case of Kooloobong Village ('KBV' to the residents). The intention is to extend upon Waters et al. 's (this volume) description of positive education to demonstrate how a 'positive residence' like KBV repre­sents an important facet of positive education at the tertiary level.

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