Positive Education, Spiritual Cultivation, and Self-Efficacy — A Case Study of One High School in Taiwan (75212)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Alan Meek

Friday, 24 November 2023 14:45
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In the past decade, the suicide rate among Taiwanese adolescents has been increasing year by year. As a response, Taiwan's education system introduced a new curriculum in 2019, with a specific emphasis on the implementation of positive education and spiritual cultivation. Therefore, the primary objective of this research is to investigate the implementation of positive education and spiritual cultivation in the selected case study school.
The case study school is a boarding school. The researcher conducted interviews with the school's academic director, department heads, teachers, and students. Regarding the curriculum design, the school schedules one meditation class and two calligraphy classes per week, along with two life education classes, as part of their spiritual cultivation program. These activities aim to guide students in cultivating inner stillness, contemplation, and self-awareness.
Based on the interviews conducted in this study, it was found that the teachers and administrative staff at the school are adept at employing positive education strategies in classroom management. They guide students to engage in positive thinking and provide counseling to help them strengthen positive emotions, enabling them to face setbacks and challenges more effectively. The students, in turn, benefit from courses such as meditation, calligraphy, and life education, where they practice activities like sitting in stillness, writing, and rhythmic breathing exercises. These activities facilitate emotional grounding and self-awareness, leading to a significant improvement in positive emotions and learning focus, enhancing self-efficacy to overcome obstacles and setbacks encountered during the learning process.

Yu-lin Fan, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Mr YU-LIN FAN is a University Doctoral Student at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00