London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The Informal to Formal Learning Development of Emotional Capital for Sustainable Citizenship Development

Author(s) Gendron, B. & Haenjohn, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
From the field of emotional intelligence and education, combined with an economics, sociological and psychological approaches, we will present in this talk the Emotional Capital (EC) concept and research work (which won a 2006 national Prize of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences) and its application and impact on citizen skills. The EC is the set of emotional competencies (Gendron, 2008) that equipped people to interact with others and to know themselves. For a long time, developed through informal learning, Emotional Capital is now developed through program. The EC is an essential capital especially for children and young people at risk to enable their citizenship construction which participates to a better social cohesion, smoother human relations for their future life success in the society. This paper will present an experimentation led in Thailand on two groups of freshmen students (the experimental and control groups) which brings evidence on how Emotional Capital impact people behavior and their citizenship for a sustainable balance person development. Key words: emotional capital, emotional competencies, citizen skills, formal and informal education, human capital, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), The Mindfulness Based Emotional Competencies Counseling (MBECC)

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