Affective learning. New ways of educating based on the development of emotional intelligence and a learning environment where the knowledge of emotions coexists in the same way as other knowledge.

New concepts of education for a future where you can choose freedom of thought and being able to express true emotions.

How affective learning works

The affective dimension of learning is feelings, emotions and self-esteem .

What we learn is influenced and organized by emotions and fixed minds based on hope, personal biases and prejudices, the degree of self-esteem, and the need for social interaction. Emotions are playing out, and the emotional impact of any lesson or life experience continues long after the specific event reverberates.

According to Rosenfield (1988), emotions have an important relationship with memory, emotions help to store information and activate memory as well.

The broad and emotional depth that affects students has the ability to grasp ideas and procedures. Similarly, content that becomes emotionally sterile is more difficult to understand . To teach any topic properly, the topic must be integrated into all the elements that make sense of it. People must have a way of reporting matter in terms of what is personally important, and this means acknowledging both the emotional impact and their deep needs and drives. Our emotions are an integral part of learning. When we put aside the emotional components of any subject that we are taught, a fact that will deprive students of meaning or make sense of it.

Also self – esteem is related to the affective domain. Helping students develop self-confidence is an important component of achievement.

Emotional climate

Teachers have to understand students’ feelings and attitudes that are involved and that will determine future learning. Because it is impossible to isolate cognitive development from the affective domain, the emotional climate at school and in the classroom must be constantly monitored, using effective communication strategies and allowing students and teachers to reflect and metacognitive processes . In general, the whole environment has to be supportive and a climate of mutual respect and acceptance both inside and outside the classroom.


By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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