Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach

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It's a familiar and seemingly logical model: to improve performance, identify weaknesses and target these problem areas. Could doing the opposite be a better way? Licensed clinical psychologist Elsie Jones-Smith argues that strengths-based systems are indeed more effective—not just in social work, where the philosophy became popular; or in the business world, where the concept is increasingly being embraced—but in the academic setting as well.

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Overview

It's a familiar and seemingly logical model: to improve performance, identify weaknesses and target these problem areas. Could doing the opposite be a better way? Licensed clinical psychologist Elsie Jones-Smith argues that strengths-based systems are indeed more effective—not just in social work, where the philosophy became popular; or in the business world, where the concept is increasingly being embraced—but in the academic setting as well.

Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach explains how and why a system that focuses on students' strengths enables kids to be self-confident, goal-directed, and to possess a stronger sense of self-efficacy, self-control, and academic achievement. Jones-Smith also explains how such a system spurs appreciation and advancement of multiple intelligences, which in turn gives students the ability to address weaknesses—on their own. Another plus: this approach has also been shown to generally reduce school disciplinary actions and increase class attendance time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313391538
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2011
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 914,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 Emergence, Growth, and Current Uses of Strengths-Based Educational Systems 1

2 The Strengths Mindset: Understanding the Nature of Strengths 31

3 Brain Development, Emotion, and Learning 63

4 The Strengths-Based School's Component 1: A Strengths-Building Pyramid 97

5 Component 2: Improving Instruction—The Academic Curriculum 123

6 Component 3: Caring and Empathic Classrooms 149

7 Component 4: Preventing Failure 167

8 Component 5: Increasing Home, School, and Community Partnerships 187

9 Assuring Teachers Understand Their Own Strengths 203

10 Creating and Communicating a Strengths-Based School Vision: Getting Involved 225

Notes 247

Index 269

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