Empathy and kindness at the heart of learning

Promoting a pedagogy of respect and trust from pre-school to university

International conference

October 17-19, 2019 at the University Paris-East Créteil (UPEC)


This international conference will explore the complex notion of empathy by associating a number of related concepts such as kindness, benevolence, goodwill or altruism, in order to understand why and how these terms, absent from the field of pedagogy prior to the mid-20th century, have now become essential to promote learning and healthy interpersonal and intercommunal relationships in education. We will therefore question the pedagogical implementations of these new objectives from pre-school to university, both in terms of classroom practice and teacher education.

Within the framework of this conference our work will focus on three main themes:
1. Relational well-being as a fundamental requirement for learning
2. The development of emotional literacy
3. Aesthetic experience as a viable pathway to learning to be reclaimed.


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