Applications of Flow in Human Development and Education

The Collected Works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Theoretical Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 3-5
    3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Olga V. Beattie
      Pages 81-97
    4. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura
      Pages 99-116
    5. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 117-127
    6. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 129-151
    7. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 153-172
    8. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 173-187
    9. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 215-225
    10. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 227-237
  3. Emperical Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Reed Larson, Suzanne Prescott
      Pages 241-254
    3. Reed Larson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 255-269
    4. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Reed Larson
      Pages 271-284
    5. Reed Larson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Graef
      Pages 285-304
    6. Maria Mei-ha Wong, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 305-326
    7. Stephen Kahn, Gary Zimmerman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jacob W. Getzels
      Pages 327-338
    8. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Kevin Rathunde
      Pages 359-378
    9. Jennifer A. Schmidt, David J. Shernoff, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 379-405
    10. Giovanni B. Moneta, Barbara Schneider, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 407-435
    11. Douglas Kleiber, Reed Larson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 467-474
    12. David J. Shernoff, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Barbara Schneider, Elisa Steele Shernoff
      Pages 475-494

About this book


The third volume of the collected works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi covers his work on the application of flow in areas that go beyond the field of leisure where the concept was first applied. Based on his personal experience with schooling and learning, as well as that of many others, and contrary to what Cicero claimed, Csikszentmihalyi arrived at the conclusion that instead of taking pride in making the roots of knowledge as bitter as possible, we should try to make them sweeter. Just as flow became a popular and useful concept in voluntary activities, it could likewise be applied in education with the end result of young people being more likely to continue learning not just because they have to but because they want to.

This volume brings together a number of articles in which Csikszentmihalyi develops ideas about how to make education, and more generally the process of learning to live a good life, more enjoyable. Since theory is the mother of good practice, the first eleven chapters are  devoted to theoretical reflections. Some are general and explore what it means to be a human being, what it means to be a person, when we look at life from the perspective of flow. Others are more narrowly focused on such topics as consumption, education, teaching, and learning. They help laypeople reflect how they can arrange their lives in such a way as to leave a small ecological footprint while getting the most enjoyment. The second section of the volume contains a dozen empirical articles on similar topics. They deal with the development of identity and self-worth; with the formation of goals and motivation; with loneliness and family life.


Adolescent Happiness Concept of Life Themes Consumer Behavior Development of Wisdom Ecology of Adolescent Activities Educational Leadership Enjoying and Surviving School Systems Enjoying the Intrinsic Rewards of Hard Work Experience Sampling Method Family Interaction Flow and Education Flow and Effective Teaching Flow and Happiness Flow and Student Engagement Identity in Young Adulthood Joy of Reading Leisure in Adolescence Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Mood variability of Adolescents Person Development Problems of Comparative Ludology Psychology of Wisdom Quality of Experience Self-Worth across Adolescence Social Context of Middle Schools

Authors and affiliations

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    • 1
  1. 1.Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9093-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9094-9
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