Exploring empathy embedded in ethics curricula: a classroom inquiry
Gair, Susan (2011) Exploring empathy embedded in ethics curricula: a classroom inquiry. Advances in Social Work, 12 (2). pp. 329-344.
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Empathy is considered to be a crucial ingredient in social work practice. Research on empathy is abundant although literature describing the teaching and learning of empathy, and in what contexts empathy might be taught best, is less common. The primary aim of this exploratory, classroom-based research undertaken in 2011 was to explore empathy with second year, social work students, thereby building on previous research, and linking it to education and practice. The findings suggest students may acquire a conceptual and definitional understanding of empathy by early in their course, but may need more proactive support to transform that learning into deeper empathy. A key speculation underpinning this exploratory inquiry, that cultivating empathy within an 'ethics' unit might prove more potent than within a 'skills' unit, was not supported. The need for further research into empathy, particularly cross-cultural empathy, is a recommendation of this research.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||empathy, ethics, social work education, social work practice|
|FoR Codes:||16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2012 16:56|
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