POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION – THE CORNERSTONES OF WELL-BEING IN INDIGENOUS STUDENTS


The purpose of this article is to discuss positive psychology and its usability in education, especially in indigenous contexts. The core interest is in how positive psychology manifests itself from the point of view of indigenous classrooms and teaching, and what it has to offer to support well-being and flourishing in indigenous students. The viewpoint is based in Finland, a small country located in the North-Europe, where the realization of indigenous education is a very topical concern. More research is needed to develop positive psychological interventions especially tailored to indigenous education. Educators should be worried about the whole indigenous communities and their cultural states. At its best, positive psychology can provide tools to address many social-psychological problems related to the cultural and linguistic loss among indigenous peoples. Positive cultural-identity are features that should form the basis of all well-being focused (indigenous) education.