Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Affective Dimensions of Learning

  • Soumaya ChaffarEmail author
  • Claude Frasson
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_113



Affective Dimensions of Learning represents one of the three dimensions of learning identified by Illeris (2002). It is a complex concept that refers to dimensions for affective learning. According to Martin and Reigeluth, there exist six dimensions for affective learning: emotional, social, esthetic, moral, spiritual, and motivational (Martin and Reigeluth 1999). In the literature, the terms Emotional Dimensions of Learning and Affective Dimensions of Learning are often used to designate the relationship between emotions and learning (e.g., fears associated with formalized learning).

Although there is no consensus about the meaning of the term emotion, there is an agreement that emotional states are considered complex processes that change in time and are affected by several factors. An emotion represents a mental state, such as happiness or fear, that arises...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information Technology and EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Département d’Informatique et de Recherche OpérationnelleUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada