Social and Psychological Adjustment from a Positive Perspective: Consideration of the Concept of Optimal Achievement Best

By Bing Ngu and Huy P. Phan.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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School, like a second home, is a complex place that espouses different psychosocial experiences and influences. Aside from academic achievement, it is important for educators to recognize that there are other educational and non-educational successes, for example, the importance of social and psychological adjustment (e.g. proactive peer-peer relationship), the adoption of altruistic values and moralistic ideals, and individuals’ willingness to accept cultural diversity and individual differences. It is in society’s best interest that schools explore the pathways and means to assist students in their achievements of non-academic outcomes. Our work regarding the concept of optimal achievement best (Phan 2015; Phan, Ngu, and Williams In-press 2016) has produced some notable yields for consideration. Optimal achievement best is of significance for its emphasis on the striving of successful outcomes that reflects an individual’s fullest capacity. Its characteristics, in a similar vein, indicate a positive, non-deficit positioning regarding human behaviors. This article, overall, focuses on an examination of optimal achievement best and how this theoretical orientation could account for and explain the non-academic attributes of successful schooling.

Keywords: Optimal Achievement Best, Realistic Achievement Best, Optimization, Social, Psychological Adjustment

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 6, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.181KB)).

Bing Ngu

Lecturer, School of Education, The University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Assoc. Prof. Huy P. Phan

Associate Professor, School of Education, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of the Professions, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia