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Volume 7, Issue 2 (1978)

Affective Education: A Means to a Beginning

pp. 4—7

When one mentions Affective Education, the response is often that of equating it with “touchy, feely, lovey, non-scientific nonsense.” It is casually dismissed as an irrelevant, illusionary,romantic construct which can be neither adequately described nor adequately assessed and which certainly cannot be trusted. I recently mentioned the role of affect in learning to a professional educator who replied, “Oh, you mean that anti-Christian stuff!”These attitudes prevail in spite of the fact that historically it is generally agreed that all learning behavior involves three major human functions, the cognitive (our thoughts), the psychomotor(our actions) and the affective (our feelings), which are inextricably interrelated.

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