Meanings and Applications of Compassion in Teaching: A Practical Review of the Bible and Educational Literature

From: Volume 12, Issue 1: Spring 2015, Research on Effective Pedagogy Pages 8-25

Abstract

Compassionate teaching is not new; however, the topic is receiving renewed interest as educators around the world endeavour to respond empathetically and practically to students’ complex holistic needs. This review provides practical insights from the Bible and secular educational literature that will appeal to Christian teachers in a wide range of educational contexts including churchbased ministries. One implication from this study is that teachers and leaders within church educational ministries and Christian schools might critically reflect on how authentically compassion is experienced within their communities. The report concludes by emphasizing that judicious and relational expressions of compassion can have a transformational effect in people’s behavior and learning, supporting the injunction in Jude 1:22: “and of some have compassion, making a difference” (KJV).

Key words: Christian education, compassionate pedagogy, restorative practices, transformative teaching.

Author

 

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
1-562-903-6000
© Biola University, Inc. All Rights Reserved.