Wonder, education, and human flourishing 2019

Country: Netherlands

City: Amsterdam

Abstr. due: 11.01.2019

Dates: 05.04.19 — 06.04.19

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy; Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: e.rusman@vu.nl

Organizers: Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Submissions are invited for the conference Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing. The main theme of the conference is the role of wonder in education and children’s development, and its relation to children’s (present or future) flourishing. It is an explicit purpose of the conference to bring together educational theorists, education scientists, philosophers, psychologists and members of other disciplines interested in wonder (or closely related topics) and its relation to education and/or human flourishing. Conceptual, normative, and empirical papers are all welcome. Contributors are expected to discuss wonder or closely related topics, preferably in relation to children’s education, development, and/or flourishing. Possible topics for contributions are:

  • The educational importance of wonder

  • (How) does wonder contribute to human flourishing?

  • The distinction between wonder and curiosity

  • Different types of wonder (and their diverse roles in education and/or human flourishing)

  • Wonder’s relation to (other) emotions (e.g. awe, fear, aesthetic emotions)

  • Wonder and imagination

  • Should we and (how) can we stimulate children’s sense of wonder?

  • Wonder and intrinsic motivation to learn

  • Wonder’s role in particular types of education, such as science education, moral education, political education, art education


Conference Web-Site: https://wonderfuleducation.eu/