Empathy in the English Classroom: Broadening Perspectives Through Literature

  • Alanna Jamieson

Abstract

This paper investigates a novel study of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, used as a platform through which to discuss empathy and to promote deeper understanding with 18 grade eleven students in an English Language Arts classroom. Students’ experiences, perceptions, emotions, and relationships as they read, discuss, and write about the novel were explored through the use of narrative inquiry. The data, gathered through interviews, classroom writing samples, and field notes, provided rich examples of empathetic responses and insightful thinking by students.

Published
2015-08-02
How to Cite
JAMIESON, Alanna. Empathy in the English Classroom: Broadening Perspectives Through Literature. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 2, p. 229-244, aug. 2015. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/Empathy-in-the-English-Classroom-Broadening-Perspectives-Through-Literature>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2018.