Title: Exploring Cross-cultural Concepts of Happiness
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Bihan Qaimari, Birzeit University, Jordan
This paper aims to explore cultural and historical variations in the concept of happiness among university students from two nations. In order to gain an in-depth understanding of the concept of happiness, a qualitative case study was conducted at Al-ain University, UAE, and Birzeit University, Palestine. Semi-structured group and individual interviews were used to collect data from participants belonging to different cultures, to explore cultural similarities and differences in concepts of happiness. Grounded theory, constant-comparative methods and discourse analysis procedures were used to interpret the data. Our findings show that the concept of happiness influences and is influenced by students' day-to-day experiences and by social and cultural aspects of their lives.
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