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ERIC Number: EJ1136196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Social Empathy as a Framework for Teaching Social Justice
Segal, Elizabeth A.; Wagaman, M. Alex
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n2 p201-211 2017
Social work education stresses training students to understand oppressive structural barriers and promote social and economic justice. Social empathy, which is rooted in a deep understanding of those who are different from us through contextual understanding and macro perspective-taking, offers a framework for teaching social justice that addresses critiques of the profession, such as a partisan political perspective. To explore this potential, the study examined relationships between interpersonal empathy, social empathy, political affiliation, and policy positions on issues related to social and economic justice with a sample of social work students. Findings support the teaching of social empathy as a way to promote students' understanding and advancement of social and economic justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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