Inter-intra subjectivities: Empathic intelligence and students' voices

Year: 2005

Author: Arnold, Roslyn, Hughes, John

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Students' voices can reveal insights into the nature of effective teaching and signal the importance of inter-intra subjectivity in the dynamics of pedagogy. The study was designed to explore correspondence between the principles of empathic intelligence and students' embodied experiences of pedagogy. Secondary school students' voices, articulated through a particular role-play, provided data to reveal the degree of match between their experience and these principles. The data reveals insights into the nature of new pedagogic principles and current theory supporting the notion of empathic intelligence in education. The study provides nuanced evidence to suggest that the relational and affective aspects of pedagogy are integral to learning and teaching effectiveness.