Life-Oriented Education: A 30-Year Empirical Research Program in Cambodia

Fergusson, Lee (2022) Life-Oriented Education: A 30-Year Empirical Research Program in Cambodia. Maharishi Vedic Research Institute Press, Oxenford, Australia. ISBN 9780648910220


Abstract

Maharishi Vedic University (MVU) dedicated itself to delivering consciousness-based technologies and programs to Cambodia from 1993 to 2008. In parallel with offering educational programs, as a science-based institution, researchers associated with MVU have continued to scientifically evaluate its performance and programs throughout those years and beyond, using scientific methods to verify and optimise the utility of the programs that they were providing. This book documents that steady and systematic research program—a sustained scientific assessment of its contributions to the remarkable social and economic advancement that unfolded in Cambodia during this time. The research conducted at MVU documents scientifically that the consciousness-based programs increased nonverbal intelligence, improved self-esteem and general health, and reduced depression as well as state and trait anxiety. These results were confirmed in another controlled study at a sister institution, University of Management and Economics (UME) at Kampong Cham, both for students and staff. Additional case studies of students also indicate that, independent of discipline knowledge, study at MVU strengthened moral character, perseverance and determination, as well as creative drive. The research documents a statistically significant association between group practice of MVU’s consciousness-based programs and the steady downward trend in socio-political violence between 1993 and the present. We congratulate the authors and all who contributed to the interesting and informative body of knowledge contained in Life-Oriented Education.
— Dr John Fagan, Chairman and Chief Scientist at Health Research Institute and Professor of Microbiology, Maharishi International University


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 04:47
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, empirical research, Cambodia
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441001 Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48961

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