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Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy - How to give it, How to ask for it"

Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy - How to give it, How to ask for it" | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This is a 4-week committed series. Class times/dates: 7pm to 9pm on Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, 23rd

The Gift of Empathy - How to Give It, How to Ask for It

Have you had the experience of someone really listening to you and giving you a sense that they understand not just what you're saying, but what you're going through? This kind of listening is still quite rare, although more and more people are starting to realize how valuable it is. It's a vital element of truly effective, enjoyable and connected communication.

 

Listening with empathy is a skill you can learn and develop, and that will be the focus of this series. We'll also spend some time on how you can improve the quality of connection with someone who does not know how to listen with empathy.

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Empathy: The soft skill that gets hard results

Empathy: The soft skill that gets hard results | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy has long been embedded in counselling practice and as such not always been given the credit as the powerful attribute it should. Along with the battle to get mental health taken seriously, despite overwhelming evidence, both for individuals psychological well-being, but the economic workforce of having people off ill when it all gets too much, empathy gets put on the back burner too. Yet, this ‘soft skill’ of empathy gets hard results.

Within medical settings, empathy positively impacts on patient satisfaction (meaning less complaints), better patient recall of medical information and less repeat visits to the GP, helping both the financial as well as the emotional aspect of care in the health system. It doesn’t stop there either, teachers see pupils with higher motivation and effort when empathy is used. 

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Compassion Cultivation Training

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What is CCT?
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a professional development program designed at Stanford University. The program includes practical tools and exercises designed to enhance your awareness, compassion and resilience.

Why is it Important in the context of an organization?
CCT will help you relate more positively to others and engage more successfully with clients, staff and coworkers, to improve employee retention and overall workplace performance. 

Research shows it is possible to learn compassion and leadership skills – these are not just traits you’re born with, or without. High performing leaders and work environments are compassionate. And training helps! (Read more here) 
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How Do We Teach Empathy?

How Do We Teach Empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

In a parent-teacher conference years ago, my son was commended for the empathy he consistently displayed in the classroom. “Empathy can’t be taught,” the teacher said, meaning that as a compliment on our parenting.

Fast forward to now. The boys are in 4th and 5th grade, and as their personalities develop, empathy sometimes seems less prevalent as they try on different traits- like being competitive or goofy- and become more concerned about how their peers perceive them. With competing social pressures and a shifting sense of self-image, how do we emphasize empathy?

In Thom Markham’s Mind/Shift article Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learninghe argues that empathy can, and should, be the foundational element for a strong 21st century education. According to the article, a well-developed sense of empathy will improve collaboration, whole child learning, inquiry, and creativity.

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy Curriculum) Empathy and Conflict Resolution

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy Curriculum) Empathy and Conflict Resolution | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
"Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explorereal-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying" (Edutopia). PBL teaches students essential skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. 

This project site and PBL project will help students take a deep look at empathy.
  • What does it mean?
  • How do we empathize?

 

The answers to those questions will be used to develop strategies and ideas about how to use empathy to solve problems in a classroom and school. The students will end the project with a PSA highlighting their findings and possible ideas on how to use empathy to solve conflicts.  They will be encouraged to share their PSA with their school community. 

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) 10 Important Ways To Teach Kids Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) 10 Important Ways To Teach Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Ways of Teaching Empathy to kids:
1. Teach the kids Emotions:

Your little one can’t empathize with others unless they know what emotions are and how to put words into emotions to express. As a parent, keep expressing yourself and also talk to them about their emotions that they show.

 

For example say “I can see that you are disappointed that mommy did not take you to the park to play”. “Mom was helpless and anxious the moment the car did not start.” Kids do not hear emotions at the beginning but later, they learn to deal with it and grow in it. Share your emotions with your kids and help them observe the distress in others too.

 

2. Do things Together while watching TV or Reading Book:

3. Discuss what Everyone feels after a Dispute: 

4. Respect for Those who Seem Different: 

5. Be an Example:

6. Respect for those Who can’t Speak for Themselves:
7. Write Thank-You Notes:
8. Enhance their Emotional Vocabulary: 

9. Praise Each other Daily:

10. Do not Over Do It

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(Teaching Empathy) Active Listening Skills 

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COURSE SUMMARY
Communication skills are at the heart of everything we do each day, whether at home, at work, or at play. Active listening encompasses the best of communication, including listening to what others are saying, processing the information, and responding to it in order to clarify and elicit more information. This one-day workshop will help participants develop and practice their active listening skills.
 

WHAT STUDENTS LEARN
  • Define active listening and its key components
  • Understand the difference between sympathy and empathy, and when each is appropriate
  • Create a listening mindset using framing, positive intent, and focus
  • Be genuine in your communications
  • Understand the communication process
  • Ask questions, probe for information, and use paraphrasing techniques
  • Build relationships to create an authentic communication experience
  • Identify common listening problems and solutions

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy Exercise) Try This Exercise In Radical Empathy To Minimize Conflict:  writing an essay from another person’s perspective

(Teaching Empathy Exercise) Try This Exercise In Radical Empathy To Minimize Conflict:  writing an essay from another person’s perspective | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Greenberg himself took part in this exercise. As a Democrat, he was writing from the perspective of someone who’s supported Trump. “Empathizing with another person does not imply you agree with them, it means you can see why someone in their position with their experiences would feel the way that they feel,” he says.

 

“Personally, what I find especially valuable about the process of writing an essay from another person’s perspective, is that it pushes you to go beyond merely a dispassionate understanding, towards actual empathy. All too often the opposing side is dehumanized, and empathy is the antidote to dehumanization.”

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Read on to learn how to target kindness and empathy development, building on our natural tendencies and enhancing our capacity to care about others.

4 Empathy Worksheets for Students & Adults (PDF)

While it’s important to begin instilling kindness and empathy early, it’s never too late to learn how to be more empathetic. There are many worksheets and activities for students, adolescents, and adults to enhance their capacity for empathy.

A few of these worksheets are listed and described below.

Accurate Listening Exercise

While not a worksheet per se, these are two very valuable handouts that can encourage empathy in children and adults of all ages.

The first handout lists the seven steps for accurate listening, a practice which is an important first step in showing empathy and compassion for others.

The steps are as follows:

  • You must concentrate on not talking, while the other person is talking. Be sure to pay attention and to look directly at the speaker.
  • Be sure you are listening to the other person when he or she is talking, instead of preparing your reply.
  • Make sure you are paying attention to how the person is behaving.
  • Be aware of the body language of the other person.
  • Let the other person know that you’re listening – for example, by shaking your head.
  • When the other person stops talking, try to paraphrase or translate what he or she said. Reflect what you think you have heard. This technique helps to ensure if there is a clear understanding.
  • Try to recognize the individual’s feelings – for example: “You sound angry” or “You seem to be upset,” etc.
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(Teaching Empathy) Emotion Focused Therapy: Masterclasses – 4 session series | University of Strathclyde Online Shop

(Teaching Empathy) Emotion Focused Therapy: Masterclasses – 4 session series | University of Strathclyde Online Shop | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

https://www.strath.ac.uk/media/faculties/hass/psychology/EFT_2_2017-18_flyer_09.10.17.pdf

 

Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 2 [New 9-Day model]
2017-18 Training Series
Three Modules, 9.30-17.00:

  • 16-18 Nov 2017;
  • 19-21 March 2018;
  • 17-19 May 2018


Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Module A: Advanced Empathic Attunement & EFT (Thurs – Sat, 16-18 Nov 2017)

  • Day 1: Accessing Empathic Resonance; Evocative Empathy and Empathic Affirmation
  • Day 2: Exploratory Empathy and Empathic Conjecture
  • Day 3: Rapidly engaging clients & establishing presence; Empathy & Chairwork


Module B: EFT Fundamentals (Mon – Weds, 19-21 March 2018)

  • Day 4: EFT Therapist Response Modes; Focusing & EFT
  • Day 5: The Five Dimensions of EFT Client Case formulation; Alliance Ruptures
  • Day 6: Two-Chair work & self-critical splits in Depression
    Module C: Advanced Methods in EFT (Thurs –Sat, 17-19 May 2018)
  • Day 7: Narrative Work in EFT: Systematic Evocative Unfolding, Creation of Meaning, & Narrative
    Retelling
  • Day 8: Advanced Two Chair Work: Self-Interruption & Motivational conflicts
  • Day 9: Empty Chair work; Compassionate Self-soothing
    Enrolment is set for a minimum of 15, with variable staffing to accommodate up to 30.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 15 Books That Will Teach Your Kids About Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) 15 Books That Will Teach Your Kids About Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Teaching children to grow up to become empathetic adults is probably one of the more important responsibilities of being a parent. And it's even more vital now than ever before due to the unfiltered exposure kids have to things like hate speech, intolerance, and bigotry. Children are like sponges, and in order for them to learn how to become compassionate and understanding human beings, it's essential to nurture their sense of kindness.

A recent study found that college students were 40 percent less empathetic than their counterparts 30 years ago even though social media has made it increasingly easier to connect with others. This, along with an increase in levels of narcissism, makes for an alarming change in the personality traits of younger generations. One of the best ways to teach your child empathy early is through books they will actually enjoy. Keep reading for 15 books that will help your child learn about walking in someone else's shoes.
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Teaching Empathy: It's More Than Fun and Games

Teaching Empathy: It's More Than Fun and Games | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Last week Facing History announced the two grand finalists for the 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants! Jackson Westenskow from Aurora, Colorado and Catherine Epstein from Boston, Massachusetts will receive $2,500 to work with Facing History on promoting their lessons to teachers everywhere. Their lessons will debut this spring. In the meantime, read how Jackson Westenskow uses an innovative game to teach hard empathy to his students. And make sure to read about Catherine Epstein's project!
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(Teaching Empathy - Dialogue) Serving up empathy over dinner  

(Teaching Empathy - Dialogue) Serving up empathy over dinner   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

“We believe authentic conversations are the key to building empathy in diverse groups of people. But authentic conversations cannot happen on their own. They need good facilitation, open-minded participants and a safe space,” she said.

Those attending can expect to meet and talk with total strangers, she said. She added that many had come away from the dinners with new insights into others and themselves.

“The safe space enabled me and everyone in the group to share the experiences and relationships that shaped us as a person without the fear of being judged,” said Leong Sim Yen, 26.

By Clarissa Chung

 

To find out more, visit https://­tribeless.co/.

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(Teaching Empathy) Tips to Bringing Up Empathetic Kids

(Teaching Empathy) Tips to Bringing Up Empathetic Kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Developing Empathy
1. Teaching Children Emotional Literacy 

Before a child can put himself into someone’s shoes, he must first develop the ability to read non-verbal cues in facial expressions, gestures and voice tones. Beefing up his emotional vocabulary during this process is key. Hence, help your child to understand feelings whenever you can. Put aside your digital device and tune in your child.

 

Ask your child how he feel about his day, an incident or someone whom they have just come in contact. e.g. “How do you think Grandma is feeling right now when we are going to leave?” Always look face to face when communicating with your child. To get your child’s eye contact, try Dr Borba’s suggestion, “Get your child to always look at the colour of the talker’s eyes”. It is very useful and I have seen my eldest child responding well to the idea. 

2. Developing a Moral Identity

3. Instilling Perspective Taking

4. Reading to Cultivate Empathy

5. Managing Strong Emotions and Mastering Self-Regulation -  

6. Practice Kindness

7. Cultivating Empathy Through Teamwork and Collaboration
8. Promoting Moral Courage
9. Being A Changemaker 

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Training packages and descriptions
C&C Empathy Training have put together the ideal combination of sessions and training days to give your staff the best learning outcomes.

Have a look at popular courses run both in house at your organisation, or at regional days. All courses can be adapted to suit different groups and Carolyn is very happy to work with your organisation to tailor make the course to tie in with specific mission statements, visions and objectives.

Carolyn is also an established, thought provoking keynote speaker and talks on many subjects surrounding authentic but reasoned empathy and emotional development, patient care and protecting staff mental health.

 

  • A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy
  • Using Empathy and Emotional Development Conference Subjects
  • A Journey Through Care Homes Using Empathy
  • A Journey in Leadership Using Empathy

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 10 Ways to Teach Emotional Intelligence | Dr Michele Borba

(Teaching Empathy) 10 Ways to Teach Emotional Intelligence | Dr Michele Borba | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Your two-year-old looks at the tears in your eyes and gently pats your face. Your school-age child sees that his friend is sad and gently puts his arm on his shoulder and tells him, “It’s okay. It’ll get better.” Your tween notices that your father’s face seems strained: “Are you tired, Grandpa? Need a hug?”

All these are examples of emotional literacy—the ability to identify an emotion in yourself or others. It’s the first, and arguably most crucial, of the nine essential habits of empathy from my latest book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World. The habits are the tools that will give your child the Empathy Advantage for future happiness and success. And emotional literacy is the essential key to unlocking empathy.
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(Teaching Empathy) 5 Ways to Instill Empathy in Children - Milton Hershey School

(Teaching Empathy) 5 Ways to Instill Empathy in Children - Milton Hershey School | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
When we think of success, skills like collaboration, time management and critical thinking may immediately come to mind. While these skills are important, many 21st century employers argue that empathy—the ability to identify with others and share their emotions—is at the heart of success.

“Empathy is one of the most important 21st century skills. It demonstrates that you can relate to other people, it shows you are self-aware, and it shows you can deal with your emotions and other people’s struggles,” said Diana Davis, MHS Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum Supervisor.

 

  • 1. Colored paper exercise
  • 2. Movie clips
  • 3. Role play exercise
  • 4. Kindness campaign
  • 5. Positive messages
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(Teaching Empathy) 7 Tips for Empathic Listening

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7 Tips for Empathic Listening
 
1. Be nonjudgmental.
This isn’t always easy, but letting go of your own opinions frees you to focus on the other person’s perspective. Acknowledging a person’s views and emotions helps you to help them. This doesn’t mean you need to agree with everything the person says; it’s about letting them know you care, that they matter.
 
2. Give the person your undivided attention.
Remove distractions. Ensure that you have the time to spend with the person, and make sure no computers or other devices are between you and them. Giving them your full focus displays respect, and a person is more likely to stay calm when they feel respected.
 
3. Listen carefully (to feelings and facts)....
4. Show that you are listening carefully...
5. Don’t be afraid of silence....
6. Restate and paraphrase....
7. Follow up.  ..

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(Teaching Empathy) Empathy And Understanding Others - Improve Your Social Skills

(Teaching Empathy) Empathy And Understanding Others - Improve Your Social Skills | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy contains three lessons.

Understanding Yourself
If you want to understand the emotions of others, you have to learn to empathize with yourself. Understanding Yourself was written to help you understand and accept your emotions. Understanding and accepting your own feelings is essential for a healthy life, and it's the foundation of empathizing with others.

Understanding Others
Through practice and a commitment to thoughtfulness, anyone can learn to understand how others are thinking and feeling. Understanding Others is the blueprint that shows you how.

Nonverbal Empathy
 When you understand what someone else is thinking or feeling, it becomes easier to interact with them. But there's a nonverbal aspect to interaction that deserves special attention. The knowledge you gain from empathy can help you to use appropriate nonverbal communication. Nonverbal Empathy explains how.

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) 10 Important Ways To Teach Kids Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) 10 Important Ways To Teach Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Ways of Teaching Empathy to kids:
1. Teach the kids Emotions:

Your little one can’t empathize with others unless they know what emotions are and how to put words into emotions to express. As a parent, keep expressing yourself and also talk to them about their emotions that they show.

 

For example say “I can see that you are disappointed that mommy did not take you to the park to play”. “Mom was helpless and anxious the moment the car did not start.” Kids do not hear emotions at the beginning but later, they learn to deal with it and grow in it. Share your emotions with your kids and help them observe the distress in others too.

 

2. Do things Together while watching TV or Reading Book:

3. Discuss what Everyone feels after a Dispute: 

4. Respect for Those who Seem Different: 

5. Be an Example:

6. Respect for those Who can’t Speak for Themselves:
7. Write Thank-You Notes:
8. Enhance their Emotional Vocabulary: 

9. Praise Each other Daily:

10. Do not Over Do It

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) How to teach your toddler empathy

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Parenting) How to teach your toddler empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

I clearly remember listening to my then 2-year-old daughter as she was comforting her doll. She sounded out the cries of her doll and followed it with, “I got you. You’re safe.”

My heart was melting as she gave her doll the same care I gave her when she would cry from a scraped knee or when feeling frightened. I realize now that this is a form of empathy, as she was empathizing with her “crying” baby and using what had comforted her when she had cried.

As parents we often get caught up with academics—feeling that children must learn how to read early on and solve math problems to succeed—but we forget about the life skills that are needed and not learned in a school book.

 

Here are four steps you can take to guide your child towards successful relationships:

1. Be a model....

2. Name the feelings....

3. Be patient....

4. Take space....

 

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(Empathic Design) 5 Tips to Increase Empathy in UX Design  

(Empathic Design) 5 Tips to Increase Empathy in UX Design   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Definition of Empathy
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what other person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.


Why do we stress empathy in User Experience Design?
As a UX designer, when you begin to design a web or app, it is a necessary step for you to do a user experience research and evaluation by using some methods like user interview, usability testing, or focus group.

 

No matter what method you use, you must take stakeholders (clients, users) into consideration. They are different on background, experience, knowledge. We all know user centric design thinking, user is who will buy the product or service, client is who will produce, sell it, and earn profit from it. Importantly, it is client who pays you reward. So you know you need to interview with them to hear voices from both of them, then get a balance, try to find a sweet spot to satisfy them.

 

How to execute empathy in User Experience Design?

  • 1.Don’t be too self-righteous. 
  •  2.Honesty and Self-Reflection.
  • 3.Role Play.
  • 4.Test Test Test.
  • 5.Be Polite and respectful.


Empathy is an important emotional ability for us especially designers. You need to practice it again and again.

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(Training Empathy) Advanced Empathic Atonement: A Workshop for Psychological Practitioners

(Training Empathy) Advanced Empathic Atonement:  A Workshop for Psychological Practitioners | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it


Therapist empathy is an essential but complex aspect of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and one of the best-evidenced and most consistent therapeutic change processes.  This three-day training on Advanced Empathic Attunement goes beyond content empathy and basic empathic understanding by offering a general framework for understanding the empathic process and mastering a wide range of empathic responses.

 

These responses reflect developments in Experiential and Emotion-Focused Therapies and offer new possibilities for practice across a wide range of theoretical approaches, including CBT, Psychodynamic and Family/Systemic therapies.

We begin by presenting a set of theoretical frameworks that underpin therapist empathy, including Social Neuroscience, an expanded Empathy Cycle, and the Empathy Channels model.  Most of the workshop will involve skill practice using your personal material, starting with the classic Opening Channels of Receptivity exercise, and progressing through separate sessions on

  • Empathic Resonance,
  • Evocative Empathy,
  • Exploratory Empathy,
  • Empathic Affirmation,
  • Process Empathy, and
  • Empathic Conjecture responses. 


Each of these will be clearly described and concretely illustrated by a video or live demonstration, followed by skill practice and self-reflection.

Objectives:

 

  • 1. Learn how to access and enhance your natural ability to empathically resonate with clients.
  • 2. Be able to locate the range of Empathy Responses within the Empathy Channel framework.
  • 3. Be able to tell the difference between Empathic Affirmation and Evocative Empathy responses and successful use both kinds of response.
  • 4. Be able to use Empathic Exploration responses to help clients explore their unclear experiences.
  • 5. Be able to use Process Empathy responses to help clients become more aware of their in-session process and to deepen relational contact with clients.
  • 6. Be able to use Empathic Conjectures to help clients deepen their experiencing during chair work and at other times in session.
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 The Service Learning–Empathy Connection

 The Service Learning–Empathy Connection | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Why Choose Service Learning?
Service learning gives students opportunities to identify salient community problems and engage in real-world solutions to those problems. For students who see traditional school learning as meaningless banality, service learning opens up opportunities to immerse themselves in authentic learning experiences that allow for innovative expressions of knowledge.

 

Service learning grants all students the chance to get outside conventional learning confines to explore the world around them, while providing them with a range of other interpersonal and intrapersonal benefits as well. Although there are numerous advantages to service learning, chief among them, in my experience, is the promotion of empathy.


Empathy is defined as a means to recognize and appreciate the feelings of others, the origins of these feelings, and the ability to engage in the emotional episodes of an individual while remaining apart from them (Keen, 2007). Service learning has been found to develop a student's overall empathetic agency (Wilson, 2011). Through their service learning placements, students learn more about the sensibilities of others. Through reflection and discussion, they develop an appreciation for the thoughts, feelings, and ideas expressed by others and can begin to put themselves in the position(s) of other people. To see this in practice, consider an easy-to-implement service project I facilitated for my 5th grade students.

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(Teaching Empathy) Leading with empathy: Xuan Zhao at Brown University

(Teaching Empathy) Leading with empathy: Xuan Zhao at Brown University | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
 ABOUT

Leading with Empathy is a course designed and taught by Xuan Zhao at Brown University. ​It is housed in the Brown Leadership Institute and is part of the Brown Pre-college Program.

 

 

THE COURSE

  • What is empathy?
  • Why is it a powerful tool for leadership?
  • How does it work in human brains?
  • How to use it for social change?
  • How to cultivate empathy in oneself and in the society?

 

 

THE INSTRUCTOR

Xuan Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at Brown University. She will start as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Fall 2017.

 

 

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