Empathic abilities in special educators and special education students
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The focus of this article is on empathy. An initial definition of its understanding and importancein helping professions, including those linked to education and rehabilitation, formed thebasis for the analysis of the author’s own research. Special educators who work with individualswith intellectual disabilities and special education students (majoring in the education of peoplewith intellectual disabilities and the education of people with visual impairments) participated inthis research. The level of empathy in its global dimension and in the scope of its syndromes reflectingthe complexity of the phenomenon were determined with the use of the Questionnaire ofEmpathic Understanding of Other People (Kwestionariusz Rozumienia Empatycznego InnychLudzi ) by A. Węgliński. The nature of differences between the groups that was discovered wasinsufficient to find any specific tendency in the intensity of empathy. The hypothesis about thecomplexity of the phenomenon gave the basis for conducting multidimensional analyses that wereused to determine specific types of empathy among the participants.
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