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Project brief for Measuring Empathy Collaborative Assessment Project

March 1, 2015 | Public Programs, Exhibitions

Three accredited zoos and aquariums in the Pacific Northwest are collaborating on a project aimed at developing tools to assess program effectiveness in encouraging children's empathy towards animals. This short briefing paper outlines the team's initial work to 1) gain a shared understanding and definition of the construct (empathy towards animals) and how it develops during childhood, and 2) review existing research on the link between empathy and beneficial action towards wildlife, and 3) summarize research findings on best practices towards encouraging empathy.


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    Oregon Zoo
  • Citation


    Private Foundation
    Resource Type: Reference Materials
    Discipline: Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science | Social science and psychology
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Exhibitions | Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits

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