Emotional experiences at elementary school: Theoretical and pragmatic issues



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Cuisinier, F., Clavel, C., de Rosnay, M. & Pons, F. (2010). Emotional experiences at elementary school: Theoretical and pragmatic issues. In F. Pons, M. de Rosnay & P. Doudin (Eds.), Emotions in research and practice (pp. 177-203). Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press.


The emotions, for a long time cast out of the scientific field, today represent a very productive and diversified field of research, and research on emotions in the school context is currently experiencing significant developments. The objective of this chapter is to present the main trends of emotion research in the school context. In the first part, we briefly present two significant concepts corresponding to two approaches to the study of affectivity, which can be considered either globally in terms of affects and moods, or in terms of emotions. In the second part, we will see how these concepts are studied in the school context. Lastly, we present a study on the emotional experience of elementary school children before introducing a discussion on the possible continuation of such research.

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