ERIC Number: EJ796506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Education, Happiness and Wellbeing
Michalos, Alex C.
Social Indicators Research, v87 n3 p347-366 Jul 2008
Answers to the questions "Does education influence happiness and if so, how and how much?" depend on how one defines and operationalizes "education", "influences" and "happiness". A great variety of research scenarios may be constructed from our three essential variables. What public policies one ought to adopt and implement regarding the influence of education on happiness depends minimally on which of the great variety of research scenarios one adopts and maximally on lots of other things as well. My personal preference is for a robust definition of the three terms. Because human beings are complex organisms, an adequate construction of the idea of human wellbeing must also be complex. Therefore, any discipline-driven, reductionist definition that pyschologizes, medicalizes, economizes, geneticizes, socializes or politicizes the idea should be avoided.
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Outcomes of Education, Attitudes, Definitions, Influences, Public Policy, Social Science Research
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