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ERIC Number: EJ899919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Empathy and Social-Emotional Learning: Pitfalls and Touchstones for School-Based Programs
Maxwell, Bruce; DesRoches, Sarah
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n129 p33-53 Fall 2010
This chapter identifies three common pitfalls in the use of the concept of empathy in formal social-emotional learning interventions: (1) not distinguishing between affective and cognitive empathy ("equivocation"); (2) overestimating the role of the imagination in empathizing ("Piaget's fallacy"); and (3) not accommodating the developmental and psychological independence of affective and cognitive empathizing ("the fallacy of the Golden Rule"). Using case studies of existing programs, the chapter offers guidance on how to avoid these errors in program design. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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