Increasing Empathy, Decreasing Prejudice: The Role of Empathy in Challenging Prejudice among Students

Authors

  • ADAM P HEATON Charles Darwin University, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina, Northern Territory, Australia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22159/ijoe.2022v10i1.43414

Keywords:

anti-prejudice education, anti-racism education, empathy, middle school, positive perspectives, social-emotional learning

Abstract

Is empathy a remedy for prejudice? This short paper argues it has a large role to play. It explores the authors’ observations as a Humanities teacher engaging Grade 8 Australian students between the ages of 12 and 14 in a study of the film Rabbit-Proof Fence. As students empathised with Aboriginal (Indigenous Australian) children forcibly removed from their families under Australian government policy in the twentieth century, they questioned the negative things they themselves had come to believe about Indigenous Australians.

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Published

21-10-2021

How to Cite

HEATON, A. P. (2021). Increasing Empathy, Decreasing Prejudice: The Role of Empathy in Challenging Prejudice among Students. Innovare Journal of Education, 10(1), 13–14. https://doi.org/10.22159/ijoe.2022v10i1.43414

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Short Communication(s)