Wellbeing, being well or well becoming: who or what is it for and how might we get there?

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This chapter explores the notion of wellbeing in relation to the pursuit of the good life. In doing so, it asserts that treating children as in a state of becoming is disempowering for children. In considering the good life, it is proposed that being well and living well are central and that this is facilitated through critical reflection and philosophical dialogue. The need for thinking that impacts on action is maintained and that ultimately the pursuit of the good life involves thinking of others as well as oneself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling
EditorsMalcolm Thorburn
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2017


  • wellbeing
  • the good life
  • living well
  • education
  • child development

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