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This workshop will explore the ways in which assessment can influence children’s empathy and thereby strengthen their social emotional and relational dispositions in early childhood settings. I will illustrate how teacher’s work on assessment has the power to strengthen children’s identity around empathy and improve social relationships.

This workshop will explore some of the important ideas (both theory and practice) around both empathy and social competence.  Any curriculum approach is useful but only if teachers and educators adapt and re-contextualise the ideas into their own community.

Current research indicates that children around the world are less empathetic today and this has huge ramifications for their learning and for humanity. Teachers and educators now need to provide children with opportunities to develop and strengthen dispositions like empathy as part of the pedagogical outcomes in early childhood settings.  I will show through examples, how this can be achieved by strengthening assessment documentation and the re-visiting of this documentation by the learning community.