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ERIC Number: EJ1010956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
Toward a Pedagogy of Hospitality: Empathy, Literature, and Community Engagement
Stratman, Jake
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v17 n1 p25-59 2013
According to a recent study in "Personality and Social Psychology Review," empathy is on the decline among college students. How might academic courses invite students to increase empathic behaviors? Additionally, how might service-learning projects aid academic course objectives to help students increase empathic behavior? To explore these questions, this article narrates the experience of teaching a course within a general education seminar required of all first-year students at a small Christian university in the United States. I argue that the practice and study of hospitality as a historical Christian practice, while utilizing an antifoundational approach to service-learning in connection with reading literature, engaging in the community, and writing reflectively can invite students to think more explicitly about their own ability to empathize with others, especially in connection to the stranger. Course outcomes are illustrated with examples from student journals and exams. (Contains 8 notes and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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