Development of Empathy and Altruism in Latin American Students, Williams, Angela, Aprn Edd, 9783639090628


This report contributes to the fields of education and psychology, as well as informs higher education practitioners in Latin America. The study described in this book frames the cognitive and socio-emotional impacts of service and other forms of experiential learning over “book learning” by incorporating psychological constructs, such as the development of empathy and altruism, within the outcomes of this pedagogy. The study focused on an intervention that can shed light on the development of empathy and altruism in the college years, and in the possibility to intervene in this development. The intervention took the form of a mandatory service-learning course, which included conferences and a service internship with continuous and shared reflection via computer mediated discussion groups. The most important impact that this report can have is to provide an experience that can be further replicated and improved, and that can aid in a transformation of Latin American society through higher education. Professor of Education and Psychology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ, Ecuador) since 2001. She is also currently the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Education at USFQ. She holds a doctorate in Developmental Studies:Human Development and Education from Boston University. She has 13 years of experience as an educator.

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