Dear all, There are a couple of new video resources on the website, including a University of Canberra Masterclass on 12 evidence-based strategies for wellbeing, happiness and resilience (44:54min) and a Curriculum of Giving® Rotary Adelaide talk (36:51min). These and lots of other resources can be found on the Downloadable Content & Links page, which we try Read More
Giving: A key to solving our problems
Speech at the 2016 National Volunteer Week Forum, given by Associate Professor Thomas Nielsen, University of Canberra, at the NSW Parliament House, May 9. I have a proposition for you today. Giving —and by extension, volunteering—is a key to solving the pressing challenges of today. This claim may, at first, sound far-fetched; especially given the Read More
Do Values Have a Place in Education?
Thomas W. Nielsen Republished from Character Scotland, 25 Feb 2014. I have often heard it argued that values are subjective, relative, or a construct, and therefore have no place in public education. The modern scientific era of the last 500 years have brought incredible advances to human thought and living, but it has also meant Read More
Out from the cave: have we lost the purpose of education?
Republished from The Conversation, 5 May 2013. It’s nothing new to say we have a problem in education. But I’m not here to discuss the usual gripes with teachers and test scores. I believe we have a more fundamental problem with defining what we want education to do. At the moment, our definitions of educational “success” Read More
Teaching care and wellbeing
Thomas W. Nielsen, University of Canberra The Canberra Times, October 4, 2010. Occasionally, students shed a tear in my office. That is the nature of teaching and looking after students – even at university level. In the last couple of years, however, there have been a few more tears than usual. It has not been Read More
Giving makes us happy
Thomas W. Nielsen, University of Canberra The Canberra Times, June 14, 2010. There is enough research on the topic to be concerned with the health and happiness of our youth. Obesity and allergies have been on the rise for some time. Mental health problems also affect a lot more now. Depression and suicide rates have Read More