Emotion and Education: Reflecting on the Emotional Experience Emotion and Education

Luigina Mortari


APA 6th edition
Mortari, L. (2015). Emotion and Education: Reflecting on the Emotional Experience Emotion and Education. European Journal of Educational Research, 4(4), 157-176. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.4.4.157

Harvard
Mortari L. 2015 'Emotion and Education: Reflecting on the Emotional Experience Emotion and Education', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 157-176. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.4.4.157

Chicago 16th edition
Mortari, Luigina . "Emotion and Education: Reflecting on the Emotional Experience Emotion and Education". (2015)European Journal of Educational Research 4, no. 4(2015): 157-176. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.4.4.157

Abstract

The paper presents an educative experience organized in a postgraduate course in a faculty of education with the aim of facilitating students’ “affective self-understanding”. Affective self-understanding is a reflective practice that allows people to comprehend their own emotions in order to gain awareness of them. Students were spontaneously engaged in a laboratory, where they were invited to reflect on their emotional lives. The educative experience was subdivided into different phases requiring writing and analysis tasks. At the end of the experience, students were asked what they thought they had learned, what had been difficult, and what had been the most important phase for learning. Students’ answers were analyzed on the basis of grounded theory through an inductive process of analysis. The theoretical framework of the research is the cognitive theory of emotions. According to this theory, an emotional education is possible because we can understand emotions by identifying their cognitive component and the actions they induce.

Keywords: Affective self-understanding, emotional education, cognitive theory of emotions, reflective experience, emotional life.


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