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ERIC Number: EJ1108617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
A Critical Pedagogy of Empathy: Making a Better World Achievable
Damianidou, Eleni; Phtiaka, Helen
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v11 n3 p235-248 2016
Based on the results of a large-scale study regarding the role of secondary education teachers, we tried to develop an emancipatory teaching programme within the framework of a critical pedagogy of empathy. This teaching strategy is a three-stage process, during which a constant teacher-student interaction, attentive listening and interchange of roles are emphasised, so as to foster empathy. The first stage includes understanding the students' perspectives and giving value to their experiences. When the channels of communication are open and teachers get into their students' shoes, material relevant to the students' experiences is presented at the second stage, while students are encouraged to question the prevailing status quo and to raise their voices in institutional contexts in which they have traditionally been silenced. Finally, during the third stage, students disseminate self-gained knowledge and thoughts with a view to creating a better future and a different society, as part of the broader mission of informed, democratic, critical, empathetic and active citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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