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Compassion and Education

Cultivating Compassionate Children, Schools and Communities

Authors: Peterson, Andrew

  • Defends compassion as an essential quality that should be at the core of educational practice
  • Develops a sustained and focused argument of the importance of cultivating compassion in contemporary education from a virtue-based perspective
  • Draws on philosophical, psychological, theological and educational literature to explore the challenges and possibilities of cultivating compassion
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About this book

This book makes a defence of compassion as an essential and significant quality that should be at the heart of the education of young people. It provides a careful exploration of what compassion means; how it is relevant to the various relationships among students, teachers, and the wider community; and the particular pedagogical processes that can and might develop compassion. Understanding and justifying compassion as a virtue, this book argues that compassion is a virtue central to all human relationships from the familial, to the communal and to the global. It will be of interest to academics, research and students of education. 

About the authors

Andrew Peterson is Professor of Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of South Australia. His is co-editor of Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia: Challenges, Practices and International Perspectives and The Palgrave International Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice.

Reviews

“The theoretical section of this book offers a very careful and helpful analysis of one of the virtues we ought to be seeking to develop in students. … Peterson’s arguments are sound, and would prove very useful for anyone seeking to construct a program that aimed, among the other virtues, at strengthening children’s compassion.” (Tim Sprod, childhood & philosophy, Vol. 14 (29), 2018)

“Book is very well-written in a contemplative and engaging style. … School Principals and members of their leadership teams would find much of value to draw from this publication in devising whole-school approaches to enhancing relationships in schools. Andrew Peterson makes a valued contribution to new ways of thinking about compassion as a significant human virtue in the education of young people and by considering its place in their moral education. All educators will find something worthwhile in this book.” (Deborah Henderson, Curriculum Perspectives, Vol. 37 (2), September, 2017)

“This is a fine book and a welcome addition to recent discussions on virtue and character education in educational theory and practice. … Compassion and Education offers an interesting read through the clever way in which it combines philosophical analysis with empirical evidence, interlaced with examples from current events and great stories that illuminate something about compassion.” (Wouter Sanderse, Journal of Beliefs & Values, September, 2017)


“Compassion and Education is a timely, insightful and highly relevant book which makes a welcome addition to the literature on character education. The detailed and engaging examination it provides reminds us that compassion is an essential virtue for personal and social life – one which requires careful and thoughtful cultivation in schools. [It] should be read widely by educators, not least because it reinforces the crucial notion that schools are sites for moral development, concerned with much more than success in examinations and preparation for the workforce.” (Professor James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, UK)

“As an American academic, I have my personal list of favorite British scholars.  Now that I have read Professor Peterson’s new book on compassion and education, I will add his name to my list.  Here is my recommendation: Pick up this book, read it, discuss it, and share it.  If all of us enacted the ideas in this book, we would see positive differences in our schools and societies.  Compassion transcends national boundaries and, as it turns out, The Pond!” (Cynthia Brock, Wyoming Excellence in Education Literacy Endowed Chair, University of Wyoming, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54837-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Compassion and Education
Book Subtitle
Cultivating Compassionate Children, Schools and Communities
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54838-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54838-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54837-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 180
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