Embedded Empathy: Incorporating SEL in Content
Wednesday, March 8
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Austin Convention Center - Ballroom EFG
The Field Museum - Social Studies Instructional Design Specialist
Empathy is an essential 21st century skill; it is central in social-emotional learning and a foundational stage in user-centered design. However, it can be unclear how to authentically incorporate empathy into academic content. The Field Museum sees empathy as a truly academic practice. Coupled with inquiry frameworks like C3, building empathy helps students better understand people and places distant both geographically and chronologically. We approach inquiry-based social studies content through three empathic lenses: historical empathy, cultural empathy and social empathy. These three lenses draw important distinctions about how we engage with communities in the past and present.
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