"I was that student" : exploring instructor experience of empathy amid identities in the classroom Public Deposited

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  • This research is an exploration of empathy in the classroom from the standpoint of how instructors experience it and understand themselves to communicate it to their students, particularly students from different cultural backgrounds. The research method used was ethnographic analysis of a classroom observation and a one-hour semi-structured interview with each of nine university instructors. Major findings are presented through five themes derived from analysis of participants' input: definitions of empathy, overt communication of empathy, empathy as mutual engagement, empathy as identity expression, and constraints and drawbacks to empathy. These instructors communicate empathy in ways that address most of the full spectrum of its meanings: emotional, cognitive, and relational. They give weight to academic identities in their experience and expression of empathy with students, which potentially reduces the negative effects of nondominant social identities, but also introduces the potential for unconsciously selective empathy and inadvertent reinforcement of the inequities that inhibit some students from developing a strong academic identity.
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