Research: Empathy Helps Kids Learn

The empathy a teacher shows a child in the classroom may help them do better on their school work. In fact, researchers in Finland are examining what role empathy plays in that country’s high PISA scores.


The study, hosted by Finnish First Steps, suggests that empathetic teachers enhance children’s motivation and academic skills — more so than class size or educational materials. First Steps is a long-term study examining children’s early study paths with a focus on children, teachers and parents.


Dian Schaffhauser


image: Dutch schoolmaster and children, 1662 http://j.mp/1PL6TPN