Character Strengths Tools for High School Students Analytical Essay by nfcolbert

Character Strengths Tools for High School Students
Looks at the use of character strength tools to assist high school students in learning how to make career and life choices.
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This paper explains that knowing a student's character strengths can aid in the advising process thus improving a student's chances for achievement in different facets of college, career and life. The paper reviews specific tools to evaluate these character strengths and activities to develop further the student's character. The paper further discusses ways to apply character strengths to success in school and to selecting and succeeding in college and career.

Table of Contents:
Determining Character Strengths
The Applicability of Character Strengths to Academic Success
Using Strengths to Choose a College or Career
Activities to Encourage and Develop Character Strengths
Implications for the "Real World"

From the Paper:

"Several assessments can be used to determine a student's character strengths, including one in Jennifer Fox's book, "Your Child's Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers". Fox provides a strengths inventory that she terms the "Hat, Vest, Shoes" inventory, as it reveals to students their primary strengths in learning (the head, or hat), relationship styles (the heart, or vest), and activity preferences (the feet, or shoes). The learning strengths portion of the assessment, for example, has six categories in which students score twelve statements using a numerical scale from 1 (not like me) to 3 (a lot like me). Adding up the scores from each category, a student can see if they are primarily a "logical-mathematical" learner, a "social-interpersonal" learner, a "bodily-kinesthetic" learner, an "auditory" learner, a "linguistic" learner, or "spatial" learner ". Fox then offers suggestions for how a student can employ key learning strengths to engage in their coursework. Students also respond to items in a similar pattern to learn key relationship and activity strengths, and how to best utilize those strengths in working with others and engaging in meaningful activities.
"A different assessment of a student's strengths can be found on Dr. Martin Seligman's positive psychology website, "Authentic Happiness". The VIA (Values in Action) Strength Survey for Children is comprised of 198 statements applicable to children ages 8-17 years, in which the child is asked to rate how much each statement fits them, with five choices ranging from "Very Much Like Me" to "Not Like Me At All". Once the survey is completed, "feedback is given about one's top strengths--called 'signature strengths'" which are "24 widely-valued character strengths [organized] under six broad virtues"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fox, J. (2008). Your child's strengths: A guide for parents and teachers [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from
  • Lounsbury, J., Fisher, L., Levy, J., & Welsh, D. (2009). An investigation of character strengths in relation to the academic success of college students. Individual Differences Research, 7(1), 52-69. Retrieved from PsychINFO database.
  • Niemiec, R. & Wedding, D. (2008). Positive psychology at the movies: Using films to build virtues and character strengths. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
  • Park, N. (2009). Building strengths of character: Keys to positive youth development. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 18(2), 42-47. Retrieved from InfoTrac database.
  • Park, N. & Peterson, C. (2008). Positive psychology and character strengths: Applications to strengths-based school counseling. Professional School Counseling, 12(2), 85-92. Retrieved from InfoTrac database.

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