Key And Essential Questions: Fostering Empathy In Grade 6 Boys Through Multiple Perspectives

  • Adaptability (2017-18)

The goal of this action research project was to assess how questioning techniques might enable Grade 6 boys to examine topics from multiple perspectives, thereby fostering adaptable thinking habits. After twenty years in teaching, I have found that boys at this age struggle with seeing different sides of an issue. One of the goals for the Ontario social studies curriculum is to get the boys to engage in conversations about global issues. Unfortunately, these discussions have often turned into sessions where boys try to prove their point rather than listening and hearing all sides of a topic.