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Publication of the International Journal of Emotional Education

Volume 6 Issue 2 of the International Journal of Emotional Education (IJEE) has just been published by the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta.

Five papers by authors from Greece, Ireland, the USA, Hungary and Malta, deal with issues such as sensitizing young children to mechanisms underlying racism, the use of mindfulness education for school children at risk, coping with bullying in middle schools, the development of social skills in childhood, and the use of inquiry based learning in the teaching of mathematics for students with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties.

This edition has also two special short discussion papers on the current debate on the PISA standards in education. The first paper argues against the dangers of transforming educational systems on the basis of standardised tests measuring a narrow range of cognitive abilities across cultures, and proposes a five point statement on the right of every child to a balanced, meaningful, holistic, creative and arts-rich education. The second discussion paper discusses the effects of the marketization of education on higher education, with particular reference to the implications for teacher education and the social-emotional education agenda. 

The IJEE is a biennial, peer-reviewed, international, electronic journal which is distributed free of charge and supported by an international board of reviewers with high level expertise in the field.

It may be accessed at


25 November 2014

Water Conservation – A Universal High Flier

Water Conservation – A Universal High Flier is a pilot project supported by Malta International Airport plc which aims to make people more aware of Malta’s freshwater shortage encouraging households to make behavioural changes to lower their current consumption. Through this project a small number of households will be given water saving devices in the form of low flow aerators for taps, low flow showers and toilet tank bags in an attempt to lower their water consumption. MIA employees are being involved in the initial phase of the project and the fittings are being installed in their homes and readings will be taken to evaluate the consumption variance. It is our common responsibility to safeguard our freshwater by taking steps to use this resource sustainably. 

This month marks the first project milestone wherein just over 50 households have been provided with a tailored supply of water saving devices, free of charge, on the basis of a water audit of their consumption. These households have already provided a historical record of their water consumption and will be reading their water meters regularly in order to enable the project researchers, Perit Kevin Gatt and Perit David Cilia to determine the performance of these fittings. This work complements research that Perit Gatt and other colleagues have undertaken in the domestic, hospitality and education sectors.  

The next phase of the research study shall involve comparing the readings taken before and after the installation of the water saving devices. In doing so, the potential of water saving, in private households, by means of installing such fittings will be determined.  

In the meantime, the project is still open to interested households who wish to join this study to register their interest by emailing us on



24 November 2014

Book translation by Chev. Prof. Laurent Seychell

Translations of books from foreign languages into Maltese are published regularly. In this way, Maltese readers can learn more about the literature, linguistics and mores of other cultures. On this occasion, Chev. Prof. Laurent Seychell has done the opposite and produced a translation from Maltese into a foreign language, French.

The translation is of Dr Alfred Sant's collection of short stories entitled Cpar - Le Brouillard. The ten stories contained in this book will help French readers experience the way the Maltese live, how they see themselves and others, how the Maltese behave in their respective villages with regard to the celebration of feasts of their Patron Saints, and even how the Maltese live in Brussels. This new translation into French is not only a translation but also contains translation studies carried out by the translator.  These aim at helping Maltese translators working in the EU from Maltese to French. These comments on translation can also be found in Chev. Professor Seychell’s three previous publications of 2011 and 2013. The comments have also been made available in French to French students, thanks to the translator’s 3rd publication of last year. 



19 November 2014

New Publications Related to Biodiversity Studies in Malta

Dr David Mifsud recently published two papers related to insect studies in Malta.

Scale Insect Fauna of Malta

One paper gives an overview of the scale insect fauna of Malta.

Scale insects are small sap feeding organisms of which a substantial number are of economic importance to agricultural crops. Local studies on scale insects of Malta dates back to the early 1930's and since then not much information was published.

The present work provides a review of these insects that occur in the Maltese Islands and a total of 93 species are included.

The scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the Maltese Archipelago
Click here [PDF] for the paper which is available as an open access document.



Group of insects associated with saltbush in the Mediterranean basin


The second paper provides an overview of a group of insects (gall-midges of the genus Asphondylia) associated with saltbush in the Mediterranean basin. One of these saltbush, Atriplex lanfrancoi is endemic to the Maltese Islands and a new species to science of Asphondylia is described. Besides, four species of parasitic insects were also recorded, of which one species is also described as new to science. 

Saltbush-associated Asphondylia species (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in the Mediterranean Basin and their chalcidoid parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea)

Click here [PDF] for the paper which is available as an open access document.



17 November 2014

Malta Hope Barometer 2015 Survey (Deadline: 30 Nov.)

The Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta, in collaboration with a leading Maltese newspaper, is launching a study on the Maltese people’s hopes, wishes and expectations for 2015.

This is part of an international study led by the University of St Gallen in Switzerland and Swissfuture, and which includes Austria, Czech Republic, France, Norway and Switzerland, besides Malta. Hope plays a central role in people’s happiness and satisfaction, helping to foster a sense of wellbeing in spite of economic and societal threats. The objective of this project is indeed to spread hope and consequently wellbeing in society. The study explores the hopes of individuals across various aspects of their life, including family and relationships, work, the economy, national politics, religion and spirituality, and climate and the environment.

An online questionnaire in English is available to anyone who wishes to participate in the project and is completed anonymously. The questionnaire may be completed during the month of November 2014.

You are therefore encouraged to contribute to the Hope Barometer of the Maltese people by completing the questionnaire online at by 30 November 2014. The data will be collected and presented anonymously and used only for scientific purposes.


10 November 2014

Europe's World

Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 100-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.

Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s objective is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of genuine and informed political debates which reach beyond the Brussels village.

To date over 300 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.

Europe’s World’s newly extended website,, is designed to further promote debate on the policy challenges facing Europe. It spans articles and reactions to articles published in Europe’s World, but is not limited to the journal since it also features studies and reports from think tanks throughout Europe.

Its aim is to give readers direct access to the latest in policy thinking across the EU, and encourage visitors to submit their own reports and comment on any of the contributions featured on the website. 


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