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ANTS And POTS: Do They Change Lives? Students Perceptions on the Value of Positive Psychology Concepts


Positive psychology provides a different perspective to that of traditional psychology. There is a growing research base of scientific study to validate the significance of this psychological approach in people’s lives. Enabling courses have an increased number of students utilising them as an alternative pathway to gain access to university. These courses have an important structural role in the development and up-skilling of students to assist with a positive transition into undergraduate studies. The Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course offers a unique unit of study which introduces students to Positive Psychology as a means for students to develop the psychological resilience required on the student learning journey. Positive Learning for University (PLU), takes students on a personal and academic journey where they learn about theories that underpin Positive Psychology and can apply strategies to themselves personally and to their role as students. This article looks at three concepts that students found most beneficial: positive thinking, signature strengths, and resilience and considers why these resonate with students.

Published: 2020-03-03
Pages:46 to 54
How to Cite
Walters, V., & James, T. (2020). ANTS And POTS: Do They Change Lives? Students Perceptions on the Value of Positive Psychology Concepts. Student Success, 11(1), 46-54.

Author Biographies

Vikki Walters is an Associate Lecturer within the School of Access Education STEPS course at CQUniversity Noosa Campus. Vikki’s research interests focus on the support of students within an enabling program with special interests in the areas of student engagement, student support and positive psychology. Vikki has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science with Psychology majors which underpin her Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Trixie James is a lecturer within the School of Access Education STEPS course at CQUniversity. Trixie’s research interests centre on the support and engagement of under-represented adults in the tertiary sector, with special interest in student engagement, quality teaching practices and positive psychology.  She completed a Masters of Learning Management in Executive Leadership with a minor thesis that investigated enabling students’ successful transition into undergraduate studies and is currently undertaking her Doctoral studies also focussing on enabling students progression in the course.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795