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Teaching empathy to reduce aggression

Intentional training in emotional intelligence for adolescents may lead to reduced violent behaviour, according to this research in Spanish secondary schools. Empathy is a significant aspect of peace education, but requires specific language skills to express in socially appropriate ways. Integrating language skills for expressing empathy in language education classes could contribute to increased empathetic expression and reduced aggression in language learners as well.

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Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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