Character strengths are the foundations of life-long development and thriving. These strengths help individuals to deal with everyday challenges and move forward in life with confidence and resilience. Character Strength Development: Perspectives from Positive Psychology aims to document research and evidence-based practices in positive psychology with specific focus on character strengths. The arguments and perspectives shared by the experts in their respective chapters will help create new research avenues. It is an excellent resource for researchers, academicians, practitioners and teachers to develop a comprehensive understanding of different approaches, models and best practices for character education across the globe. Practitioners, educators and policymakers in the field of character education will also find this book immensely helpful for incorporating character strength-based approaches in their practice.

Character Strengths in the Context of Positive Schooling

Character Strengths in the Context of Positive Schooling

Character strengths in the context of positive schooling
Marco Weber

A Classification of Character Strengths

Character strengths as positive traits are the core concepts in this chapter. Therefore, an introduction of the values in action (VIA) classification of strengths by Peterson and Seligman (2004) will be presented here. The VIA Institute on Character was created to develop conceptual and empirical means addressing the question of how to define an individual's ‘good character’ and how to measure it (Peterson, 2006). Within this context, Peterson and Seligman (2004) started a project to identify a model helpful to describe the good character, which finally resulted in the VIA classification of strengths. In their approach, they focus on what ...

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