Compassion and Empathy in Educational Contexts

  • Georgina Barton
  • Susanne Garvis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Compassion and Empathy Can Be Learnt

  3. The Importance of Compassion and Empathy for Children and Young People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Susanne Garvis, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Tina Yngvesson
      Pages 61-77
    3. Jaakko Antero Hilppö, Antti Rajala, Lasse Lipponen
      Pages 79-95
  4. Compassion and Empathy in the Curriculum

  5. Compassion and Empathy for Teachers

  6. Compassion and Empathy in Different Educational Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Margaret Baguley, Martin Kerby
      Pages 249-269
    3. Amélie Lemieux, Casey Burkholder, Josélia Mafalda Ribeiro Fonseca
      Pages 271-288
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-292

About this book


This book explores the importance of compassion and empathy within educational contexts. While compassion and empathy are widely recognised as key to living a happy and healthy life, there is little written about how these qualities can be taught to children and young people, or how teachers can model these traits in their own practice. This book shares several models of compassion and empathy that can be implemented in schooling contexts, also examining how these qualities are presented in children’s picture books, films and games. The editors and contributors share personal insights and practical approaches to improve both awareness and use of compassionate and empathetic approaches to others. This book will be of interest and value to all those interested in promoting compassion and empathy within education.


Compassion and education Empathy in education Learning compassion and empathy Social emotional learning Emotional learning Growth mindset Ethics and education

Editors and affiliations

  • Georgina Barton
    • 1
  • Susanne Garvis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of Southern QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of Gothenburg and Stockholm UniversityGöteborg and StockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18924-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18925-9
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