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The world of children and their well-being

Le monde des enfants et leur bien-être

Accompanying the development of all children

Accompagner le développement de tous les enfants

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Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Ce colloque international pluridisciplinaire s’adresse aux chercheurs et aux professionnels dans les domaines de l'enfance et de l'éducation. Il a pour but de dresser l’état des connaissances scientifiques sur les facteurs qui contribuent au bien-être des enfants, l’impact du bien-être subjectif sur leur développement et les actions/dispositifs susceptibles de favoriser leur bien-être et leur développement. 



The study of children’s well-being within the different contexts of their lives aims to better understand how, in a given context (family, school, childcare, leisure, etc.), children's interactions with others contribute to the construction of a positive personal experience and more broadly to the development of their cognitive, social and emotional potential. This work can therefore be useful to policy makers and professionals in their efforts to promote the well-being and development of children and thus contribute to societal progress in the 21st century.

Children’s well-being has traditionally been studied on the basis of objective indicators and from the perspectives of adults. But since the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the views of children themselves about their lives and experiences have become an essential source of information. Various measures of subjective well-being have been validated in different countries and these have facilitated research on variations in well-being according to certain sociodemographic characteristics of children (age, sex, for example) and the contexts of their daily lives (the family, school, etc.). However, apart from the fact that they do not always reach consensus, the results of this work rarely explain the observed differences, since they rely mainly on cross-sectional data. In addition, the subjective well-being of young children and children with special needs remains poorly explored. Finally, the contributions of international comparisons are limited to certain aspects or areas of children’s lives. In fact, much remains to be done to better understand what affects children’s subjective well-being and, in turn, how well-being affects their development and to rigorously evaluate the effects of actions implemented to improve children’s quality of life.

Organized by the Centre for Educational Research at the University of Nantes (Cren, EA2661), this multidisciplinary international conference (including the disciplines of education, psychology, sociology, economics, political studies, health, etc.) builds on a previous conference held in Nantes on June 1 and 2, 2017 on children’s quality of life at school. Its purpose is to take stock of the state of scientific knowledge on the factors that contribute to children’s well-being, the impact of subjective well-being on their development and the possible measures that can be taken to promote their well-being and their development. It will build on the contributions of an international seminar focusing on the 3rd wave of the global survey "Children's Worlds" (www.isciweb.org) that we will organize on June 19th and 20th, 2019, as Nantes has been selected by the project’s international committee to host this event. This survey, conducted concurrently in about 40 countries around the world, and in which France participated for the first time in 2018, explores a wide range of aspects of children's lives and their subjective well-being.

This conference is for researchers and professionals in the fields of childhood and education. Contributions are expected in particular on the following topics:

  • what are the main areas of children's lives that affect their subjective well-being and what factors contribute to their well-being overall or in particular life contexts?
  • what is known today about the impact of subjective well-being on the cognitive, social and emotional development of children and the mechanisms that can explain these relationships? 
  • children’s well-being from an international comparative perspective: how is it evaluated and what new knowledge does this survey bring? 
  • what is known about the well-being of children with specific needs (e.g. disability, bilingualism, precocity, etc.) compared to children with typical development and through what mechanisms can their well-being be improved? 
  • how is children's well-being taken into account by policy makers and other actors in the fields of children and education ?  What concrete actions might be envisaged to promote children’s well-being and development and what are their proven effects? 

Contributions can take various forms: oral scientific papers or posters; reports of experiences in oral form, posters, video clips. Thematic discussion workshops will allow participants to share their experiences and maintain links beyond the conference.



  • Cité des Congrès de Nantes - 5 Rue de Valmy
    Nantes, France (44)


  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Friday, June 21, 2019


  • bien-être, enfant, développement, éducation, enquête internationale


  • Marine Roche
    courriel : marine [dot] roche1 [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr
  • Philippe Guimard
    courriel : Philippe [dot] Guimard [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr

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  • Marine Roche
    courriel : marine [dot] roche1 [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr


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« The world of children and their well-being », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/11g6

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