EQoL - Teaching the Good Life. Theory, Policy and Practice in Education to Promote Quality of Life in the 21st Century

In recent decades, and particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a growing focus on subjects like quality of life, wellbeing, and happiness. Examples include top-down macro policies such as the OECD Better Life Initiative, the EU Quality of Life in Europe, and the UN World Happiness Report and Sustainable Development Goals; bottom-up social movements like FridaysForFuture; and local initiatives such as the "Smart City Vienna Framework Strategy 2019-2050: Vienna’s Strategy for Sustainable Development" (SCWR, 2019), fostering collaborations between local learning neighborhoods (Bildungsgrätzl) to promote an equitable and sustainable quality of life in Vienna.

The central question of this research project is: What is the impact of this significant trend on education, and what role can education play in it?

The project has four main goals:

  1. Theory: Systematizing the main theories of quality of life in educational sciences, particularly the connection between education and the good life (Paideia-Eudaimonia).
  2. Systemic and Policy Analysis: Mapping and analyzing the "Smart City Vienna Strategy" and "Vienna’s Bildungsgrätzl" to understand their approach and organization in promoting sustainable quality of life in Vienna.
  3. Teachers’ Perspective: Understanding what in-service and future teachers know and think about teaching the topic of the good life in school.
  4. EQoL Model: Co-developing a pedagogical model with in-service and future teachers for teaching quality of life in school. This model will also serve to guide and support future educational policies in Vienna and Austria.
Project duration12/2023 – 11/2026

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