Integrating Strength-Based Education into a First-Year Experience Curriculum

Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria, Anthony Albecker

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This article describes an initiative that integrated a strengths-base 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 postsurvey were 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. (Contains 1 table.)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of College and Character
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


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