(Pieratt 2016)

Design Thinking, Empathy, And Equity


"Explicitly Teach Empathy
Through my work with National Equity Project, I learned that empathy is a skill or “set of muscles” that must be built. You must dedicate time explicitly to enhancing this skillset. And so we must do that for our students. Here are a number of ways to go about doing that:...

In The Classroom:
  • Teach the skill of listening...
  • Teach students the craft of asking beautiful questions — of themselves and of others...
  • Teach students how to analyze assumptions....
  • Teach students the power of a lens..."

Experience Empathy
In the field:
  • Teach students ethnographic research methods for collecting data in the field..
  • THEN get students out into the field… and as much as possible...
  • Go virtual..
How have you taught your students to be empathetic? Let me know in the comments below.."



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