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A New Year, a New Approach

The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge website is a portal that translates educational research into practical tools and information for educators.

At the start of 2015, Usable Knowledge featured Good Work Toolkit, a collection of materials and associated activities that encourages reflection about what it means to do “good” in professional and personal life. The Toolkit was created in 2004 by researchers from the Good Work Project, a large, multi-site research initiative founded by principal investigators Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Bill Damon, and Howard Gardner that investigated the nature of good work and discovered that it satisfies three components: excellence, ethics, and engagement (also known as the 3 Es).

The bulk of the Toolkit consists of dilemmas taken from actual interviews with professionals and students who encountered obstacles to good work, prompting discussants to think about how to best achieve what is good in the face of challenges. The content is intentionally adaptable to a variety of situations and environments, which allows the Toolkit to be easily used by individuals, students in a classroom, and professionals in workplaces.

To learn more about the Good Work Toolkit, click here to read the full article from Usable Knowledge.

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