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Lessons from a new science? : on teaching happiness in schools

Suissa, Judith (2008) Lessons from a new science? : on teaching happiness in schools. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42 (3-4). pp. 575-590. ISSN 0309-8249

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Additional Information: This article offers a philosophical critique of the recent trend for "happiness lessons" in schools. I discuss the conceptual and ethical problems involved in the "science of happiness" research paradigm on which this trend is based, and suggest that the underlying values and presuppositions of much of the literature on "teaching happiness" are actually contributing to a distorted and profoundly anti-educational view of human flourishing. This paper offers a timely, philosophically rigorous intervention into an important policy initiative and was referred to in two articles on the topic in THES. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Controlled Keywords: Health and wellbeing, Philosophy of education
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 12:27
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 12:28
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