publication . Article . 2016

Developing Empathy and Moral Sentiments in Preschool Children Through Drama

Szafrańska, Karina;
Open Access Polish
  • Published: 29 Nov 2016 Journal: Elementary Education in Theory and Practice (issn: 2353-7787, eissn: 1896-2327, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie
Moral and prosocial behavior determines our relations with other people. Martin L. Hoffman’s concept of the link between empathy and the universal stages of moral development focuses on the development of empathy, guilt and moral internalisation. Hoffman claims that cognitive development is closely linked to the development of empathy and to the development of moral sentiments in particular. Semantic processing requires more skills than mimicry, association or conditioning. There are five stages in the parallel cognitive and empathy development in children: a newborn’s reactive cry, egocentric empathic distress, quasi-egocentric empathic distress, veridical emph...
free text keywords: Education, empathy; developing moral sentiments; preschool children; role play; drama, pedagogika, empatia; rozwój uczuć moralnych; dziecko w wieku przedszkolnym; zabawa w role; drama
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