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Integrating Evaluation Into Classrooms to Promote Positive Environments

Authored by: Beth Doll , Robert A. Spies , Anne E. Thomas , Jonathon D. Sikorski , Mindy R. Chadwell , Brooke A. Chapla , Erika R. Franta

Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415621854
eBook ISBN: 9780203106525
Adobe ISBN: 9781136258398


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Classroom learning environments are critical to the academic and personal success of students and represent a particularly significant context for student development. During their formative years, students spend more than 15,000 hours in schools (Rutter & Maugham, 2002). These hours represent students’ opportunity to interact and achieve independent of their parents’ careful oversight. Consequently, a primary goal of schools should be to enhance natural supports for psychological wellness in the school environments in which students reside. Strong school environments enhance the social and emotional well-being of students and maximize students’ academic success by fostering increased attendance, engagement, work completion, and work accuracy.

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