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Positive Schooling and Child Development

International Perspectives

  • Sibnath Deb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Cheryl Maykel, Johanna deLeyer-Tiarks, Melissa A. Bray
    Pages 27-40
  3. Victoria G. Lidchi
    Pages 41-68
  4. Amity Noltemeyer, Erin A. Harper, Anthony G. James
    Pages 93-102
  5. Nilanjana Sanyal
    Pages 103-114
  6. Ana Carina Stelko-Pereira, Jessica Elena Valle, Lucia C. A. Williams
    Pages 269-285

About this book


This volume discusses the importance of positive schooling in producing responsible and potentially productive adults. Students are generally more motivated to do well and to realize their full potential in schools that have a positive schooling climate, where they feel safe, included and supported. Nevertheless, the reality in today's schools is very different. This volume discusses the major challenges faced by children and adolescents in schools, including problems with curricula, safety issues, lack of inclusive policies, non-availability of teachers, ineffective teaching, insensitivity towards students’ issues, improper evaluation methods, harmful disciplinary measures, and so on. Experts in child psychology and education discuss these issues at length in this volume and offer viable solutions for policymakers, school administrators, teachers and parents to make suitable changes and create a positive atmosphere in educational institutions. This volume further discusses the role of various stakeholders---school principals, teachers, counsellors and psychologists---in addressing these challenges. In addition, it raises other, emerging issues which have not been covered in previous volumes on this topic and offers evidence-based suggestions to address them. 

The intended readership of the volume is researchers and students of psychology, education, sociology, social work and public health, and school teachers, administrators and teacher-trainers. 


extra-curricular activities mental health support systems including students with disabilities student feedback mechanisms academic stress adolescent reproductive health education parental involvement in positive schooling student motivation disciplining in schools teacher motivation developmental disabilities bullying in schools

Editors and affiliations

  • Sibnath Deb
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied PsychologyPondicherry UniversityPuducherryIndia

About the editors

Prof. Sibnath Deb, PhD & DSc, is full-time professor of the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University (A Central University), India. Prof. Deb is also acting as Director (I/C), Directorate of Distance Education and Dean (I/C), School of Law, Pondicherry University. Prior to joining the Pondicherry University he was teaching in the University of Calcutta. In 1994, Prof. Deb did an intensive course on ‘HIV/AIDS and Qualitative Research’ from the University of Western Australia. During April 2009 to Aug. 2009, Prof. Deb visited the School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia as Visiting Faculty. Currently he is also Adjunct Professor of the School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT, Australia. During 2004-’08, he served the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) as Councilor Member. In brief, he has got 28 years of teaching, research and administrative experience and has produced 16 PhD’s in addition to publishing more than 100 research articles/book chapters in the leading national and international journals. Prof. Deb has written six books and edited five books. His latest book titled ‘Child Safety, Welfare and Well-being’ has been published by Springer in 2016. His two more books titled ‘An Empirical Investigation into Child Abuse and Neglect in India: Burden, Impact and Protective Measures(Springer) and ‘Distance Education: Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward’ (Pearson) are in press. Current areas of research interest of Prof. Deb include child safety, students’ mental health, adolescent reproductive health, and applied social psychology (  

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