CURRENT PROJECTS

Our research program is dynamic and responsive to different opportunities for research and collaboration. 

POSITIVE EDUCATION BEYOND SCHOOLING 

A major Australian Research Council funded study, developed in collaboration with University of Melbourne's Centre for Positive Psychology, will assess the application of Positive Education post-secondary school. Ongoing action research studies are planned to continue to evaluate the GGS Positive Education initiatives, to further determine what best supports flourishing and to support continuous improvement in the school program.

GIVING FOR A BETTER WORLD

Working with the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development at Deakin University, we are investigating approaches to enhancing ‘eudaimonic’ wellbeing, or that wellbeing associated with acts of genuine caring and prosocial contribution. Selected students who have volunteered participate in this school based study where Year 10 students are paired to mentor and support Year 8 students. The students work together to develop prosocial projects. The hypothesis is that evoking and developing caring behaviours in students can foster character development and more fulfilling forms of wellbeing.  A new measure of eudaimonic wellbeing is being used to evaluate positive changes in the student pairs. The research is being co-ordinated by Dr. Bill Hallam from Deakin University and is supported by Professor Craig Olsson and Professor John Toumbourou.