Strengths-Based Education and Practices

Strengths-based education and practice (SBEP) is a conceptual perspective and approach that promotes identification and appreciation of individual, group, and community interests, goals, and strengths through active, collaborative partnerships. Professionals who implement this approach assume that every individual, family, school, and community has power and resources to resolve challenges, achieve goals, learn, and thrive. SBEP comprises a supportive environment in which stakeholders have opportunities for reflective practice, learning, relationship building, and assessment of both assets and challenges. This entry provides an overview of the essential elements of SBEP as well as its historical context, theoretical foundations, and applications to early childhood education (ECE) programs.


Positive relationships among children, teachers, and families based on trust, respect, and collaboration are vital to successful SBEP in ECE programs. Within ...

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