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ERIC Number: EJ782783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Teaching Empathy
Cavner, Denise
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n179 p92-94 Jan-Feb 2008
Empathy is the ability to understand another's perspective and to consider it before acting. This is a difficult skill for a young child who is egocentric--in the "Me!" stage. The ability to feel empathy is directly related to the ability to form relationships. Relationships give children the feeling of security, which allows them to feel safe and move beyond their own needs. Children learn to care about others when they experience the feeling of being cared for themselves. This article discusses the benefits to teaching empathic behavior and strengthening children's moral development. In addition, suggested activities that can be offered to support the development of empathy in the classroom are presented. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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