Date of Award
Child and Family Studies
Empathy -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Multicultural education -- United States, Interdisciplinary approach in education -- United States
Observational data gathered and then analyzed eventually yielded three main themes that illustrate how empathetic behavior is practiced and supported in the classroom. Firstly, successful empathetic behavior in the classroom was largely enacted via a modeling and echoing effect that occurred between teachers and young students that is heavily language-based. Secondly, when young students do self-initiate empathetic behavior, it is often demonstrated through actions of sharing and/or helping, in contrast to language-based empathetic behavior. Finally, the practice of counter-empathetic behaviors such as exclusion are not necessarily completely anti-social, and can potentially serve a pro-social and empathetic purpose in a complex fashion.
Rasmussen, Selene, "Empathy in the Multicultural Classroom" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 475.