Preconference workshop: Quality of Life Applications in Education & Families: Challenges and Solutions

Thursday, October 31, 2013
First author:
Rhonda Faragher
Preconference workshop


1.Head of School and Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education, Canberra Campus Australian Catholic University
2. Meredith Brinster
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Special Education, Austin, USA


All authors:


1.Rhonda Faragher Ph.D.,
2. Nina Zuna

Three short lectures plus group discussion.

1) Quality of life approaches and models from Intellectual and Developmental disabilities

Recently there has been discussion about the applicability of quality of life and family quality of life approaches and principles for all individuals and families who face challenges. This presentation, using examples based on an upcoming book, discusses the possibilities and challenges at levels of research, policy and practice.

2) The Application of Quality of Life Principles in Education

Discussion regarding quality of life and education in schools and universities is an area which has largely been unexplored as a field of serious study and application. In this presentation the need for the implementation of such an approach is discussed along with practical examples of how it may be applied.

3) Family Quality of Life: Understanding the family life experience

Successful children live in supportive, healthy family environments. In this workshop, we examine what family members in 18 studies carried out in 14 countries say about their family quality of life, and we discuss how this helps us in supporting families.