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Well-Being In Schools

What if schools would be pri­mar­i­ly con­cerned with stu­dents’ well-being, con­cerned with help­ing stu­dents to devel­op the capa­bil­i­ties need­ed to live a flour­ish­ing life – as stu­dents and lat­er as adults? A vision of school edu­ca­tion worth striv­ing for? How might we go about achiev­ing it? What do we need to con­sid­er? Where does this leave the teach­ing of tra­di­tion­al school subjects? 

This six-part pod­cast series engages with the very idea of mak­ing school edu­ca­tion pri­mar­i­ly about stu­dent well-being and with ques­tions that arise from such an under­tak­ing. To this end, ten schol­ars were invit­ed over Episodes 2 to 5 to speak to these and relat­ed ques­tions. Episode 1 intro­duces the focus of this series, while Episode 6, the final episode, draws the ideas pre­sent­ed in the first five episodes togeth­er to pro­vide a broad under­stand­ing of what it might, could, and maybe should mean for school edu­ca­tion to be pri­mar­i­ly about stu­dent well-being. 

The host and his ten guests of this pod­cast series are authors and co-authors of chap­ters in the book Well-Being and Well-Becom­ing in Schools, pub­lished by Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Press. Ideas pre­sent­ed in this pod­cast series are based on con­tri­bu­tions to this book.

Series Pro­duc­er: Sarah Schur
Graph­ics by: Kyungdeok Park
Theme Music cre­at­ed and per­formed by: John Himes


  • Thomas Falkenberg

    Thomas Falkenberg is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. More on his background can be found at