Positive Psychology in SLA [Call for chapters]

Chapters are invited for an edited volume, tentatively titled Positive Psychology in SLA. The volume, which will be edited by Tammy Gregersen (U. of Northern Iowa), Peter MacIntyre (Cape Brenton University) and Sarah Mercer (University of Graz), is to be published by Multilingual Matters.

The scope of the book is described as follows:

Positive psychology has focussed on three main areas: positive characteristics and traits, positive emotions and enabling institutions. In the Positive Psychology Manifesto (Sheldon et al. 2000), the authors state that the main aim of Positive Psychology is “to understand, test, discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive”. […] it is especially important to stress that positive psychology is not pop psychology and one of the key aims of the proposed volume is to make this point clear and strengthen the academic credentials of this perspective within the SLA context.

Some suggested topics include:

* flourishing * happiness and eudemonia * hope * gratitude *
* interest * joy * well-being * resiliency* hardiness *
and the signature strengths of learners

Abstracts (300 words max) are to be sent to the lead editor Tammy Gregersen (Tammy.Gregersen[at]uni[dot]edu) by 1 August 2014, outlining the proposed topic of the contribution and stating how it connects to the subject matter of the volume.

Important dates
  • Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2014
  • Deadline for first draft: 22 December 2014
  • Deadline for final submissions: 4 May 2015

Image Credit: “Writing” by omcoc @ flickr  | CC BY-NC-SA

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