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Empathy in Education: An Elixer But No Panacea

Norma D. Feshbach, Seymour Feshbach.


Empathy is a critical component of human interaction, and is an essential element of social intelligence, a construct that has received considerable attention in recent years. Training studies and related research that we have carried out demonstrate that fostering the cognitive and affective components of empathy enhances both positive social behavior and cognitive skills as well as moderating negative social behaviors. We have also shown that it is possible to achieve these goals by incorporating into classroom instruction curriculum transformation principles derived from an empathy model. At the same time, the attainment of desired educational outcomes is dependent upon a broad spectrum of factors that may include but cannot be limited to empathy and social intelligence.

Presenters

Norma D. Feshbach  (United States)
Professor Emeritus (recalled)
School of Education
University of California, Los Angeles

Norma Feshbach is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. While retired, she has been recalled to teach. She has served as Department Chair and as Dean of the School of Education at UCLA. She has carried out basic research on the measurement and development of children’s empathy, and on the implementation of empathy related training programs in school settings.


Seymour Feshbach  (United States)
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Seymour Feshbach is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. While retired, he has been recalled to teach. He has served as Department Chair and as Chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA. He has carried out
basic research on the antecedents and reduction of aggression, and on the relationship of socio-emotional factors to school achievement.

Keywords
  • Empathy
  • Curriculum transformation



(30 min Conference Paper, English)