Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (134 p.)
Human-animal relationships, Humane education -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Humane education -- Japan, Empathy
Although humane education, promoting children's kindness toward animals, has been evaluated as a factor influencing children's kindness toward humans later in their life, the effect of a classroom pet hasn't been well studied. The current study investigated the influence of intensified daily interactions with living animals in the classroom on the development of empathy among Japanese children. Specifically, the study examined (a) the effect of introducing animals into the classroom on children's empathic behaviors and attitudes, and (b) the generalization of this animal-directed empathy to humans.
Maruyama, Mika, "Humane education : the effects of animals in the classroom on children's empathy in Japanese elementary schools" (2005). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3562.