Happiness and Education

Happiness and Education

by Nel Noddings
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521807638

ISBN-13: 9780521807630

Pub. Date: 07/07/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores what we might teach if we were to take happiness seriously as an aim of education. It asks, first, what it means to be happy and, second, how we can help children to understand what happiness is. It notes that, to be truly happy, we have to develop a capacity for unhappiness and a willingness to alleviate the suffering of others. Criticizing the…  See more details below

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This book explores what we might teach if we were to take happiness seriously as an aim of education. It asks, first, what it means to be happy and, second, how we can help children to understand what happiness is. It notes that, to be truly happy, we have to develop a capacity for unhappiness and a willingness to alleviate the suffering of others. Criticizing the current almost exclusive emphasis on economic well-being and pleasure, it discusses the contributions of making a home, parenting, cherishing a place, the development of character, interpersonal growth, finding work that one loves, and participating in a democratic way of life. Finally, it explores ways in which to make schools and classrooms happy places.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521807630
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/07/2003
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1Happiness9
2Suffering and unhappiness39
3Needs and wants57
4The aims of education74
5Making a home97
6Places and nature119
7Parenting138
8Character and spirituality157
9Interpersonal growth179
10Preparing for work197
11Community, democracy, and service220
12Happiness in schools and classrooms240

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