Student Empathy: A Learning Experience

  • Sherry Lovan, Ph.D. Western Kentucky University

Abstract

A class of senior students in a community nursing course wrote "Dear Diary" Journal entries that conveyed a deep understanding of empathy. This assignment served to connect the students with people in different stages of life. The Journal entries provide an example to demonstrate how classroom assignments can effectively encourage students to place themselves in another s shoes, which is the basis for empathy.
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