23 March 2015

The Children and Youth Research Centre in conjunction with the School of Cultural & Professional Learning invites you to attend the following research seminar.


Jenni Menon Mariano is an associate professor in the College of Education and chairs the secondary education and literacies curriculum area. After developing a peace-building program in post-war Bosnia in response to the United Nations International Decade for•a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, she became a pioneer in the field of purpose development. Dr Mariano earned her PhD from Stanford University where she was a member of William Damon's research group and worked on the first youth purpose studies. As a Positive Psychology Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania she examined life purpose in the well-known Study of Adult Development, which is arguably the longest study of adult development in the world. Also, as a scholar on the Good Work Project run by the Stanford Center on Adolescence, Jenni studied how individuals accomplish work that is both excellent and ethical. Dr Mariano's scholarly work appears in a wide range of leading journals and practitioner publications. She serves on the editorial board of Applied Developmental Science, and is a frequent reviewer for several other journals. Jenni's framework rests on the idea that the development of a noble life purpose is foundational to our wellbeing, dignity, and equality. She is dedicated to developing top-notch research and programs that help all people develop and realize a sense of purpose in their lives.

Purpose During Youth

Achieving a full sense of purpose during youth is a rare and extraordinary accomplishment. Purpose is linked to thriving and well-being, however, so fostering it is an important task for educators. In this presentation Jenni will draw from data on youth purpose to illustrate how social-historical and cultural context impacts purpose development, and how this should be carefully considered in purpose education. Finally, she will present the design of a six country research study that investigates how service-learning may act as a high impact learning experience for purpose development. Jenni currently co-leads a six country research initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation that investigates how collegiate service-learning promotes purpose development.

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23 March 2015
2.30 until 3.30pm
Kelvin Grove Campus, Victoria Park Road, Queensland University of Technology
S403, Level 4, S Block
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