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ERIC Number: EJ851600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
Empathy in History. Understanding a Past Institution (Ordeal) in Children and Young Adults when Description and Rationale Are Provided
Berti, Anna Emilia; Baldin, Isabella; Toneatti, Laura
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v34 n4 p278-288 Oct 2009
A total of 150 students, from 8 to 25 years, were interviewed about ordeal in the Middle Ages, after reading a shorter and simplified version of a text used in previous research on this topic (e.g., [Lee, P. J., & Ashby, R. (2001). Empathy, perspective taking, and rational understanding. In O. L. Davis, Jr., S. Foster, & E. Yaeger (Eds.), "Historical empathy and perspective taking in the social studies" (pp. 21-50). Lanham: Rowman and Littleffeld]). Unlike previous studies, at all ages nearly all students understood that ordeal involved the intervention of God, and was related to religious beliefs different from the present. With age, there was an increase in the number of students also referring to the backwardness of the Middle Ages, or stating that at least some Medieval peoples did not expect ordeal to be decisive about the guilt or innocence of an accused, using it instead to find a culprit in any case, or as a punishment or deterrent. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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