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What is flow?

Ruth Tarrant

22nd February 2016

There is a psychological state called flow, or "the zone", in which a person becomes completely immersed in their activity or task, and feels a great sense of happiness and energy. The psychologist Csíkszentmihályi is best known for his work on "flow", and spent time analysing the possible link between flow and education - he suggested that encouraging "overlearning" and providing opportunities for students to slightly stretch their skills will lead to a state of flow.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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