The “Qualified Empathy” project concludes this autumn. During the two year project (2015-2017) the project group focused on topics like “How to teach and learn Empathy in different contexts and method used and developed?”
We conclude that there are many different approaches and new ideas for further teaching practices of “Empathy”. Several examples from the project are as follows:
- Highlighting ethical and moral awareness for more appropriate practice in the future
- Challenging the conventionally human-centered perspective of empathy
- If you are interested in more information in this area, the articles will be published by the Norwegian team,in Applied Theatre Research and/or RIDE Research in Drama Education: Journal of Applied theatre.
- Presentation of findings from a research project focused on how artists in residence, in cooperation with children, social workers and teachers can promote creativity and empathy.
- Participation in the KULT-project working with 36 kindergartens and almost 900 children all over Denmark which aims to equip social workers to use artists, museums, theatres more often in their daily work with 1-6 year old children to help them develop empathy among other skills.
- Published review paper “Qualified Empathy – a key element for an empowerment professional” during end of the 2017 in the Finnish Social Pedagogical Society Annual Publication.
- Presentation of findings at Edinburgh Conference in November 2017
- Invitation to present at the Social Pedagogy Conference in Puebla, Mexico in February 2018.
Our findings were presented at the U!REKA Conference in November 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Coference-paper (see page 9.). Coference-esitykset.
Although the funding is no longer available, we will continue with the topic. In the end, the project has been successful in finding new perspectives for teaching and learning one of the most important skills in Social Pedagogical work, empathy.
Katso myös: Ammatillinen empatia sosiaalialan opinnoissa – blogi 15.3.2017.
Eija Raatikainen, Leigh Anne Rauhala and Seija Mäenpää, lecturers