Wellbeing in schools : Exploring normative dimensions

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Chapman, Amy. (2015) Wellbeing in schools : Exploring normative dimensions. In In Katie Wright and and Julie McLeod (Ed.). pp. 143 - 159 Springer Science and Business Media.
AuthorsChapman, Amy
EditorsKatie Wright and and Julie McLeod
Abstract

This chapter develops a critical analysis of wellbeing as an educational aim. While the goals of schooling have become increasingly concerned with the promotion of wellbeing, the philosophical dimensions of such a move remain largely unexplored. This chapter examines the relationship between wellbeing and schooling, drawing attention to some implicit normative dimensions. It does so through an analysis of educational aims in Australia as well as the normative claims that buttress the contemporary focus on wellbeing. This analysis prompts consideration of whether wellbeing represents an acceptable goal for schooling. Further, it questions how wellbeing might compete or align with a range of other educative and social goals and agendas. These include not only the achievement of academic outcomes, but also a variety of other important educational goals, such as equity, citizenship, economic prosperity and social cohesion. In exploring these issues, the chapter seeks to contribute to both the conceptualization of wellbeing in educational settings and longstanding debates about the purposes of formal schooling.

Page range143 - 159
Year2015
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media
Place of publicationSingapore
ISBN9789812871879
Web address (URL)http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-287-188-6_9
Research GroupSchool of Education
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