ERIC Number: EJ1090210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
A Comparison of Waldorf and Non-Waldorf Student-Teachers' Social-Emotional Competencies: Can Arts Engagement Explain Differences?
Martzog, Philipp; Kuttner, Simon; Pollak, Guido
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v42 n1 p66-79 2016
Teachers are confronted with complex and unexpected classroom situations that not only demand knowledge but also social-emotional competencies. Consequently, researchers have tried to identify conditions that support the development of relevant abilities in this domain. This study examined the frequently stated, but not yet empirically investigated, idea of immersion in the arts as a facilitator of aspects of empathy and tolerance of ambiguity (ToA). The paper compares Waldorf student-teachers who are strongly immersed in arts activities in their training with non-Waldorf student-teachers who do not participate in the arts on the constructs of empathy and ToA. Results indicated higher scores in the Waldorf group on both emotional and cognitive dimensions of the empathy construct and marginally higher scores on ToA. The results of this study and subsequent discussion suggest a new perspective on the relation between arts engagement and the specific domain of social-emotional competencies.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, Student Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Social Development, Emotional Development, Art Activities, Teacher Education, Empathy, Personality Traits, Quasiexperimental Design, Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Interpersonal Reactivity Index
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