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Raising a Moral Child

Raising a Moral Child | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.

Via Gust MEES
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This is hard to research, but a tentative conclusion would be to praise the character revealed rather than the actions. I think it is important to know the child and situations, but it makes a certain amount of sense.

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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, April 14, 2014 6:23 PM

Great linked-out presentation of research studies by NYT Sunday Review columnist Adam Grant.

Is this the model of research essay that we will be teaching in class after two more MLA updates?  ;-)

Ofelia Rita Casillas's curator insight, April 15, 2014 4:02 PM

Children imitate what you do,not what you preach!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 2014 5:35 PM
The research cited can carry over into School, as well. Raising children is about the effort of the village. @ivon_ehd1
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Easing the Global (and Costly) Problem of Workplace Stress

Easing the Global (and Costly) Problem of Workplace Stress | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Stress is reportedly the leading cause of long-term sickness for workers around the world. But relief in sight, in the unlikely form of an employee engagement survey.

Via Anne Leong
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Schools are highly stressful places to work. I don't think that will change in the foreseeable future. It may get worse. A challenge is schools are managed rather than led. There is a need for both in integrated ways, but as long as we see management as the way the risk is we treat people like objects.

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Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It

Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It by Lisa Currie, Ripple Kindness Project Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I would add at least one more. Kindness makes the world a better place.

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Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts

Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The most thorough analysis to date of studies on school bullying has found that K-12 schools’ attempts to curb bullying behavior have accomplished little.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Bullying persists, because students see it acted on in many adult-to-adult relationships. These models lead students to believe that bullying is OK.

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, April 10, 2014 10:34 AM

So far all efforts to curb bullying behaviour at school seem to have achieved very little...what then?

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Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion

Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Robin Brothers
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A nice infographic that sums up both points. When I looked at the descriptors for inclusion, I did not see many that fit the schools I worked in.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:20 AM

Dear Bosses/Supervisors, two questions?


#1. Do you lead a diverse staff?

#2. Do you lead an inclusive culture?

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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I thought that cramming my hours to "make my life count" would make me happy, but there was something missing. Here's what I've learned about being happier.
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Busyness and pursing happiness are great impediments. Slow down, we move too fast.

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Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen

Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rather than picking their victims indiscriminately, bullies go about selecting their targets tactfully, as is observed in many cyber bullying stories (Find out how bullies go about choosing their targets and how the selection varies in the offline...

Via terry clarke
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We treat bullying as if it is a childhood phenomenon, which it is, but it is also happening amongst adults. Adult-on-adult bullying in the workplace is common in education. It sends a message to children that bullying is OK. Bullies, at all ages, pick on those who are not able to fight back and defend themselves.

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Management by intimidation will just not work - gulfnews.com

Management by intimidation will just not work - gulfnews.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Management by intimidation will just not work
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The organization I worked for had a new vision statement which they claimed came from public consultation, but who was consulted was never clear. The dreams referred to are the dreams of the few and repeated as such.

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

 

Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


Via Dennis T OConnor, Linda Alexander
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Many things potentially take the joy out of teaching. One that is rarely ever pointed out is the lack of voice for classroom teachers. It is a sad day when the way voice is heard is when teachers quit.

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 2014 3:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-) 

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Seven things happy people do often

Seven things happy people do often | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Happiness: everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early forties. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait; is this all there is?")

Good news and bad news: unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary. Half of how happy you feel is basically outside your control.

Bummer.

But, that means 50 percent of your level of happiness is totally within your control: relationships, health, career, etc. So even if you're genetically disposed to be somewhat gloomy, you can still do things to make yourself a lot happier.

Like this:

1. Make good friends.

It's easy to focus on building a professional network of partners, customers, employees, connections, etc, because there is (hopefully) a payoff.

But there's a definite payoff to making real (not just professional or social media) friends. Increasing your number of friends correlates to higher subjective well being; doubling your number of friends is like increasing your income by 50 percent in terms of how happy you feel.

And if that's not enough, people who don't have strong social relationships are 50 percent less likely to survive at any given time than those who do. (That's a scary thought for loners like me.)

Make friends outside of work. Make friends at work. Make friends everywhere.

Make real friends. You'll live a longer, happier life.

2. Actively express thankfulness.

According to one study, couples that expressed gratitude in their interactions with each other resulted in increases in relationship connection and satisfaction the next day--both for the person expressing thankfulness and (no big surprise) for the person receiving it. (In fact, the authors of the study said gratitude was like a "booster shot" for relationships.)

Of course the same is true at work. Express gratitude for employee's hard work and you both feel better about yourselves.

Another easy method is to write down a few things you are grateful for every night. One study showed people who wrote down 5 things they were thankful for once a week were 25 percent happier after ten weeks; in effect they dramatically increased their happiness set-point.

Happy people focus on what they have, not on what they don't have. It's motivating to want more in your career, relationships, bank account, etc. but thinking about what you already have, and expressing gratitude for it, will make you a lot happier.

And will remind you that even if you still have huge dreams you have already accomplished a lot--and should feel genuinely proud.

3. Actively pursue your goals.

Goals you don't pursue aren't goals, they're dreams, and dreams only make you happy when you're dreaming.

Pursuing goals, though, does make you happy. According to David Niven, author of 100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life, "People who could identify a goal they were pursuing (my italics) were 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives and 26 percent more likely to feel positive about themselves."

So be grateful for what you have... then actively try to achieve more. If you're pursuing a huge goal, make sure that every time you take a small step closer to achieving it you pat yourself on the back.

But don't compare where you are now to where you someday hope to be. Compare where you are now to where you were a few days ago. Then you'll get dozens of bite-sized chunks of fulfillment--and a never-ending supply of things to be thankful for.

4. Do what you excel at as often as you can.

You know the old cliché regarding the starving yet happy artist? Turns out it's true: artists are considerably more satisfied with their work than non-artists--even though the pay tends to be considerably lower than in other skilled fields.

Why? I'm no researcher, but clearly the more you enjoy what you do and the more fulfilled you feel by what you do the happier you will be.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Anchor says that when volunteers picked, "...one of their signature strengths and used it in a new way each day for a week, they became significantly happier and less depressed."

Of course it's unreasonable to think you can chuck it all and simply do what you love. But you can find ways to do more of what you excel at. Delegate. Outsource. Start to shift the products and services you provide into areas that allow you to bring more of your strengths to bear. If you're a great trainer, find ways to train more people. If you're a great salesperson, find ways to streamline your admin tasks and get in front of more customers.

Everyone has at least a few things they do incredibly well. Find ways to do those things more often. You'll be a lot happier.

And probably a lot more successful.

5. Give.

While giving is usually considered to be unselfish, giving can also be more beneficial for the giver than the receiver. Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it.

Intuitively I think we all knew that because it feels awesome to help someone who needs it. Not only is helping those in need fulfilling, it's also a reminder of how comparatively fortunate we are--which is a nice reminder of how thankful we should be for what we already have.

Plus, receiving is something you cannot control. If you need help--or simply want help--you can't make others help you. But you can always control whether you offer and provide help.

And that means you can always control, at least to a degree, how happy you are--because giving makes you happier.

6. Don't single-mindedly chase "stuff."

Money is important. Money does a lot of things. (One of the most important is to create choices.)

But after a certain point, money doesn't make people happier. After about $75,000 a year, money doesn't buy more (or less) happiness. "Beyond $75,000... higher income is neither the road to experience happiness nor the road to relief of unhappiness or stress," say the authors of that study.

"Perhaps $75,000 is the threshold beyond which further increases in income no longer improve individuals' ability to do what matters most to their emotional well-being, such as spending time with people they like, avoiding pain and disease, and enjoying leisure."

And if you don't buy that, here's another take: "The materialistic drive and satisfaction with life are negatively related." Or, in layman's terms, "Chasing possessions tends to make you less happy."

Think of it as the bigger house syndrome. You want a bigger house. You need a bigger house. (Not really, but it sure feels like you do.) So you buy it. Life is good... until a couple months later when your bigger house is now just your house.

New always becomes the new normal.

"Things" only provide momentary bursts of happiness. To be happier, don't chase as many things. Chase a few experiences instead.

7. Live the life you want to live.

Bonnie Ware worked in palliative care, spending time with patients who had only a few months to live. Their most common regret was, "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

What other people think--especially people you don't even know--doesn't matter. What other people want you to do doesn't mater.

Your hopes, your dreams, your goals... live your life your way. Surround yourself with people who support and care not for the "you" they want you to be but for the real you.

Make choices that are right for you. Say things you really want to say to the people who most need to hear them. Express your feelings. Stop and smell a few roses. Make friends, and stay in touch with them.

And most of all, realize that happiness is a choice. 50 percent of how happy you are lies within your control, so start doing more things that will make you happier.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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I am sure there are more things, but these are pretty good.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, March 25, 2014 11:09 PM

"Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions." ~ Good evening read.

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10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough

10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Some

Via John Michel, Diana Rasmussen
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It seems easier to complain than accept what we have with gratitude. This is an excellent article in pointing out was to life the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:12 PM

Have you paused to count your Blessings today? 

Angie Mc's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:23 PM

Sweet, personal account of gratitude.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, March 18, 2014 2:15 PM

Good stuff!

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How To Make Work Matter

How To Make Work Matter | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Organizations which feel like community will be more successful than those where teams are constructed by the managers. Community suggests support and fluidity that allows different people to step up and lead at various times based on their strengths.

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Making Your Employees Happy Could Save You Mill...

Making Your Employees Happy Could Save You Mill... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Life is too short not to be happy. When I look at the data (and there’s a ton), I’m shocked at what I see. There are way too many people that are unhappy at work. Not only that, but there are way too many employers that seem not not care.

Via bill woodruff
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The point makes sense. Happy employees stay and that means continuity which means reduced training costs. There is a growing concern in education that teachers are not going to continue appearing on the horizon and being available. Is this due to unhappiness?

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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.


Via Dean Lynch
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It is always interesting what brings us happiness. Gratitude provides happiness in that what we have is what we have.

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Dean Lynch's curator insight, April 10, 2014 4:04 PM
Love this! When is the last time you said Thank You and really felt it?
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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Happiness is something incredibly important in daily lives. Challenges are opportunities which invite us to ask questions and explore them. Too often, I experienced that schools were places where the opposite was the case. One administrator wrote a blog where he insisted staff should just trust him because they should. It seemed like trust did not have to be earned. When challenges arise, and they do, working with others to figure them out is a happy place.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity

Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study finds a connection between having compassion for yourself and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation.

Via iPamba
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When I slow down and am less frenetic, I have less to forgive myself about.

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Battling Bullying: Getting results for your child - WAVE 3 News - Louisville, Kentucky

Battling Bullying: Getting results for your child - WAVE 3 News - Louisville, Kentucky | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

WAVE 3 is working for you, uncovering step by step advice on how to get your school's attention and stop the bullying.


Via Ulla M. Saikku, Debbie Lynch, terry clarke
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Teachers need personal relationships with their students. This is not a cure all, but can help. When students know adults are on their side and are approachable it can make a difference. Another key point is that schools cannot be sites of adult-on-adult bullying which they often are.

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for the love of learning: Empathy and Sympathy

for the love of learning: Empathy and Sympathy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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A short explanation about empathy and sympathy that would be good for children

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6 Types of Bullying

6 Types of Bullying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Physical bullying is just one type of bullying kids experience. Here is an overview of the six most common types of bullying found in schools.

Via Kelly Pidd, David Hain
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There might be more, but these are concise definitions that probably apply more broadly.

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The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary

The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This isn't about not holding myself accountable for my actions; it's about no longer reflexively blurting out an apology I don't really owe. It's about changing my default setting from unnecessary guilt....

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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We end up saying sorry for things that we are not sorry for and the word loses its power and meaning.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 1, 2014 7:19 PM

I think there are times it is appropriate to say "Sorry," even at work. What irritates me is the individual--and almost always women--who apologize when they shouldn't or don't need to, or when it is an obvious deflection and failure to take responsibility for a mistake.


As is the case with anything and in any situation, the best advice probably remains "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." There is some irony that the origin of that phrase is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland written by the inimitable Lewis Carroll (http://www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/wonder/ch7.html).

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The Psychology Of Bullying

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The Psychology Of Bullying (Most bullies have excellent self-esteem. #research#StopBullying#DidYouKnow http://t.co/MkLu03qmyL)

Via terry clarke
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Most bullies have excellent self-esteem is an interesting comment. I experienced schools as breeding grounds for bullying. I suspect most people do not think they are bullying others, but paying a little attention to what is said, how it is said, and the consequences is quite revealing. Something as subtle as being told teacher opinions are valued and then not listening is important. This is coming from those in the managerial roles.

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How to Create a Culture of Giving

How to Create a Culture of Giving | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa Doing good makes people happy. We've known this since the first caveman shared his last handful of foraged berries with fellow cavefriends. More recently, research

Via Enzo Calamo
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It does make a person happier. We look back on those things that we gifted without any expectation of return and that is the return. Teaching is such a moral purpose when done from a place of altruism.

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Why We Work.

Why We Work. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
At its very core, your work is essential to us. Society benefits. As each individual is able to pursue work in their area of giftedness and passion.

Via Amy Melendez
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There are some interesting points i.e. 70% of Americans hate their work. I suspect this is similar in Canada. A key is to find a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work. As much as I love teaching and being in the classroom, I had to leave. I was not working from the script closest to my heart, but being told to operate from a bureaucratic and technocratic scripture with no input from me.

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Report: Teachers Aren't Trained to Praise Their Students

Report: Teachers Aren't Trained to Praise Their Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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A new study finds that education schools aren't teaching classroom management strategies in a focused way.

Via Molly Carlson, Janice Comrie
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Is this something we need to be trained for?

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Molly Carlson's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:51 PM

This article is about how teachers are taught and encouraged to do things other than encourage their students and there is a lack of proper training. One study written about here says that they, “studied the curricula at the 122 undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and found that nearly all address classroom management, but that most do not do some comprehensively… ‘Instruction and practice on classroom management strategies are often scattered throughout the curriculum, rarely receiving the connected and concentrated focus they deserve.’” I find this very scary and worrisome that the schools are not relaying the management information to their students but rather throwing tidbits here and there. I feel like if classroom management is seen as such a huge issue in today’s schooling then why not put a greater emphasis on it when the students are in schools.

 

Another major part of this article is how encouraging students is not being emphasized to teachers. “According to this chart, education programs put much more emphasis on showing new teachers how to make rules and routines than on how to encourage students for a job well done.” I think it is the most important job of a teacher to encourage the students while they are learning so they can gain a lifelong love of learning. If the teachers are not encouraging their students, I feel like then the students are just going to feel forced into doing the work and not actually like doing it. The joy of learning and school will be taken away from a young age. I think that teachers should put a major emphasis on this encouragement, even if it means taking some emphasis away from rules. 

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Case Study: Emotional Intelligence Improves Leadership at FedEx

Case Study: Emotional Intelligence Improves Leadership at FedEx | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What happens when new managers receive emotional intelligence training? The six-month program is delivering significant improvements in EQ skills -- tied to dramatic increases in influence, quality of life, and decision making.

Via David Hain
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It is good to see research bearing out we think is intuitively the case. The findings cannot be generalized but would give other organizations, including schools, a place to work from.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 13, 2014 1:24 PM

Great case study on EQ f.rom Six Seconds