Spring 2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


In order to be more effective and nurturing educators, future teachers must develop a strong sense of empathy to better understand and connect with their students, and combat the unintended perpetuation of stereotypes, racism, and various –isms that plague society. For this Capstone project, the researcher interviewed a teacher educator and an employee of the California Department of Education on the importance of empathy in educators and the use of multicultural texts as tools to foster empathy beyond their line of sight. Findings from the data and literature review revealed that a strong sense of empathy is fundamental for incoming teachers. An empathetic approach develops caring and connected relationships with students from diverse backgrounds. These results inspired two focus group discussions with groups of future teachers about the use of multicultural literature to promote empathy.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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