ERIC Number: EJ1061234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
Teacher Education and the Enduring Significance of "False Empathy"
Warren, Chezare A.; Hotchkins, Bryan K.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v47 n2 p266-292 Jun 2015
The concept "False Empathy" posited by critical race theory luminary Richard Delgado ("Calif Law Rev" 84(1):61-100, 1996) easily obscures White teacher's good intentions to be effective educators of racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students. It is argued here that critical race theory is useful for isolating and explaining how race and racism intersect the teaching and learning process. Thus, equipping White teacher candidates with the requisite skills needed to become even more aware of perspectives and behaviors reflective of false empathy. This paper explores how practicing White female teachers' conceptions and expressions of empathy in two separate studies suggest evidence of false empathy. Findings demonstrate that false empathy may show up in three phases of classroom interaction: pre-contact, contact, and post-contact. Implications and recommendations for teacher preparation are discussed.
Descriptors: Empathy, Critical Theory, Race, Whites, Women Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Affective Behavior, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education
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