Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1949

Full Length Research Paper

An evaluation of the empathy levels of pre-service social studies teachers

Barış KAYA
  • Barış KAYA
  • Faculty of Education, Department of Social Studies Education, Bulent Ecevit University, Zonguldak, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 30 October 2015
  •  Accepted: 19 February 2016
  •  Published: 23 March 2016

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the factors that affect the empathy levels of pre-service teachers studying in the Department of Social Studies Teaching. The research questions developed in this context aimed to determine the roles of gender, age and being a member of a school club in the empathy levels of pre-service teachers. The study group consisted of pre-service social studies teachers (n=149), including 87 females and 62 males, studying in a faculty of education in the Black Sea region. The independent sample t-test was used to determine whether the empathy levels of pre-service teachers varied by age, gender and being a member of a school club. The analyses found that the pre-service teachers’ scores on the emotional reactivity sub-dimension of empathy levels varied by age and gender variables.

Keywords: Empathy level, social studies, education.