International recognition for IPPE’s Indigenous research
Published: Monday 22nd June 2015
International recognition for IPPE’s Indigenous
The work of Institute of Positive Psychology and
Education (IPPE) director Professor Rhonda Craven and Professor Alex Yeung on
the challenges facing Indigenous Australian students has been published in the prestigious
International Encyclopedia of the Social
& Behavioral Sciences.
The chapter, titled Motivation in Australian
Aboriginal Populations, explores the importance of motivational constructs for
Indigenous populations with a focus on Indigenous Australian students.
IPPE’s Indigenous Culture, Education and Well-Being
program endeavours to make a substantial contribution to Indigenous education
and well-being, by utilising a positive psychology framework to develop and
implement novel, research-derived, strengths-based approaches.
It capitalises on new advances in theory, research,
and practice to explicate drivers of socio-economic well-being for Indigenous
Australians, including: self-concept enhancement; engagement in productive and
fulfilling employment; and attainment of educational and life outcomes that
enable them to flourish.
The Indigenous program also strives to strengthen
learning and teaching in Indigenous Studies, and build the research capability
of Indigenous researchers. Indigenous research is also embedded throughout
IPPE's research programs.