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Research Topic 1: Empathy Around the World

On a list of the world’s most empathetic countries, the United States ranks seventh out of 63 according to a study in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Researchers surveyed
104, 365 adults in 63 countries about their levels of empathy, with questions such as, “I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective.” Ecuador ranked as the world’s most empathetic country; Lithuania came in last. The researchers also found that countries higher in empathy had higher average levels of collectivism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, emotionality, subjective well-being and prosocial behavior as well.

Research Topic 2: Have Compassion and Equality in Schools

Black students feel less welcome at high schools where black students are suspended disproportionately more often than white students, according to research in the Journal of Educational Psychology. Researchers analyzed data from 19, 768 teens at 58 suburban and rural high schools in Maryland. Black students at schools with a larger “discipline gap” or inequality across discipline felt their school was less fair and welcoming, felt less belonging and had more adjustment problems than black students at schools with a smaller discipline gap, even after controlling for factors such as socioeconomic status, gender and overall suspension rates. Previous research has found that discipline gaps or inequality across discipline are not due entirely to difference in conduct. WE MUST BE COMPASSIONATE AS EDUCATORS!!!

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