Compassion and Education

Cultivating Compassionate Children, Schools and Communities

  • Andrew¬†Peterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Andrew Peterson
    Pages 1-12
  3. Andrew Peterson
    Pages 13-35
  4. Andrew Peterson
    Pages 37-62
  5. Andrew Peterson
    Pages 63-89
  6. Andrew Peterson
    Pages 91-109
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-180

About this book


This book makes a defence of compassion as an essential and significant quality that should be at the heart of the education of young people. It provides a careful exploration of what compassion means; how it is relevant to the various relationships among students, teachers, and the wider community; and the particular pedagogical processes that can and might develop compassion. Understanding and justifying compassion as a virtue, this book argues that compassion is a virtue central to all human relationships from the familial, to the communal and to the global. It will be of interest to academics, research and students of education. 


kindness humanity empathy educational policy virtue

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew¬†Peterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54837-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54838-2
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