Notes - Teaching Psychology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Poland: Towards Development of Cross-Cultural Empathy

From: Volume 4, Issue 1: Spring 2007 Pages 117-125


The article describes the experience of teaching a course on Psychology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue to Polish Christians using principles of intercultural pedagogy (Irizarry, 2003). These principles center on the bidirectional nature of learning between teachers and students. The article highlights the importance of instructors’ awareness of their cultural selves and willingness to
experience personal growth as a result of cross-cultural teaching opportunities. We emphasize the need for teachers to learn from their students. We also suggest how to use the classroom as a microcosm for developing empathy toward the “other” and facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.



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