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Integrating strength-based education into a first-year experience curriculum
Journal of College and Character (2012)
  • Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Krista M. Soria
  • Anthony Albecker
Abstract

This article describes an initiative that integrated a strengths-based curriculum into a first-year experience program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Using a positive psychology framework, students completed the StrengthsQuest and participated in activities designed to help them learn and apply their signature talent themes. A pre and post survey was included to assess measures related to students’ self-awareness. The results suggest that a curriculum based on strengths positively impacts students’ awareness of their strengths, a factor that, in turn, has positive implications for students’ major/career choices and future decision-making. Strategies for practice and guidelines for future research are highlighted.

Keywords
  • strengths,
  • career development,
  • first-year experience
Publication Date
2012
Publisher Statement
Published by DeGruyter
Citation Information
Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria and Anthony Albecker. "Integrating strength-based education into a first-year experience curriculum" Journal of College and Character Vol. 13 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_stebleton/4/