Project brief for Measuring Empathy Collaborative Assessment Project

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Marketing Materials | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Aquarium and Zoo Programs, Exhibitions, Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science | Social science and psychology
Kathryn Owen Consulting, Oregon Zoo

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.

Private Foundation

Team Members

Kathryn OwenContact
Kathayoon KhalilContributor

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