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Affective education or humanistic education is a psychological curriculum designed to inform students understanding of their emotional and social behavior, enabling them to change where appropriate. It also encourages them to understand these behaviors in others.

Program Goals

These programs aim to:

List of prominant programs

While there are thought to be about 300 programs of this type being sold notable versions include:-

  • 100 Ways to Enhance Self-Esteem in the Classroom
  • Project Self Esteem
  • Quest
  • Skills for Adolescence
  • PUMSY in Pursuit of Excellence
  • The DUSO Program

See also

References & Bibliography

Key texts


  • Lang,P., Katz,Y. & Menezes,I. (eds.)(1998). Affective Education: A Comparative View. London: Cassell.


  • Best,R. (2003) New Bottles for Old Wine? Affective Education and the 'Citizenship Revolution' in English Schools

Pastoral Care in Education 21 (4), 14–21. doi:10.1111/j.0264-3944.2003.00273.x

  • Hudgins, E.W.(2006).Examining the effectiveness of affective education. Psychology in the SchoolsVolume 16, Issue 4 , Pages 581 - 585
  • Robertson, S.E. (1980) Two elementary school affective education programs — a research review

International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, Volume 3, Numbers 3-4 ISSN 0165-0653 (Print) 1573-3246 (Online). DOI 10.1007/BF00115121

Additional material



  • Google Scholar
  • Citizens for Excellence in Education (1990) special report:Report #18--"Psychological Curriculum: An Overview ... With a Special Emphasis on Quest and Project Self-Esteem". NACE/CEE, Costa Mesa, CA
  • National Monitor of Education (1993)"The dangers of Self-Esteem Programs". pamphlet

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