The Happy Learning Environments

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The Happy Learning Environments


MANILA, Philippines - A series of One Nation Learning Conferences on Happy Psychology will be held in different parts of the country on Feb. 11-21.One of the featured speakers is the prominent Danish professor. Hans Henrik Knoop, chair of the European Conference on Positive Psychology.Knoop is the European counterpart of Harvard's Dr. Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences fame) in ''The Good Work Project: Theory and Practice,'' an international collaborative project which emphasizes excellence, ethics and engagement in the world of work.Happy or positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life worth living. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive. Researchers in this rapidly growing field investigate what makes human beings happy and how an individual can lead a fulfilling and satisfying life. Danish people for many years have been regarded as the "happiest people in the world".One of the conference's stop is Cebu City with lead co-convenor the Cebu Normal University (CNU) through its College of Education.The conference shall connect Happy Psychology with the aspects of happy learning environments.The plenary sessions will focus on the following discussion points anchored on the tenets of the Global Alliance for Transforming Education, while the conferences will revolve around the following topics and will be presented in whole brain approach tapping into the cognitive and affective domains.Educating for humanityIt means educating the compassionate heart and not only the calculating mind. It means harnessing the character than only developing competence. Reference is Mike Seymour's of the Heritage Institute.Communities honoring individual learning diversityIt means that every learner - young and old -be recognized as unique and valuable, welcoming differences and fostering in each student a sense of tolerance, respect and appreciation for human diversity, and a thorough rethinking of grading assessment and standardized examinations.The role of experienceExperience is dynamic and ever growing. Learning is an active, multi-sensory engagement between an individual and the world, a mutual contact which empowers the learner and reveals the rich meaningfulness of the world. …

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