Teachers Foster Intergroup Empathy

Noa Shapira, Yael Kali, Haggai Kupermintz, Niva Dolev


This study examined a professional development program aimed at supporting Jewish civics teachers in their efforts to promote empathy among their students toward Israeli Arabs. Previous results indicated an increase in outgroup empathy among teachers who watched and reflected upon clips from a television sitcom. This article focuses on skills teachers developed and strategies they designed and implemented following their experience with empathy processes. Our findings underscore the educative potential of indirect mediated contact in segregated societies, and the importance of developing empathic processes among teachers before they embark on the challenge of supporting their students in such endeavors.


television sitcom, indirect contact, intergroup empathy, inclusive teaching, multicultural education

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v22i3.2225

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