Connectedness can be defined as a sense of belonging to a community, whatever that community is – your family, school, sports club or congregation. It is a feeling that you matter, that your contributions are valued and others care about you. Authentic connectedness, however, requires reciprocity. It means doing things for others as part of that group and taking the needs of your community into consideration. To do this you not only need to be able to relate well to people, you also have to believe that others in your community are worth the effort.
Having a sense of belonging impacts on many aspects of individual and educational outcomes.
Enjoy this paper from Sue Roffey from Young Minds 2013.
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