Empathy as Understanding
Abstract: What role does empathy play within the context of an emergent curriculum, and ever-changing world? This paper explores how a focus on empathy, compassion and wisdom are necessary to understand and address the complex problems we face both in and outside of the classroom. It starts with the premise that knowledge is not static but instead emerges when diverse people and cultures interact. Through a narrative approach empathy is placed within lived contexts to highlight how opening ourselves up to the experience of others at both a cognitive and emotional level, allows us to add nuance and complexity to our understanding, and allows us to take action in a way that acts in the service of our shared humanity.
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