History: The Best Subject for Teaching Empathy

The Department of History recently organised a 2-day workshop for History majors who have an interest in teaching. “Developing your EQ skills – History Begins With You” is a new initiative aimed at helping potential teachers develop Social and Emotional skills which they can then impart to students through History lessons in schools. History is known to be the best subject for teaching EMPATHY, a core value of Social and Emotional Learning.

Held on 13 – 14 June 2013 at University Town, the workshop was also attended by a History PhD student and a few faculty/admin staff members (History and two other FASS Departments) who joined as observers-participants.

The programme was found to be beneficial and we have received feedback to extend it to all History students. It is certainly hoped that the initiative can be further developed for future participants!


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