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Empathy among students in engineering programs

Rasoal, Chato; Danielsson, Henrik and Jungert, Tomas LU (2012) In European Journal of Engineering Education 37(5). p.427-435
Abstract
Engineers face challenges when they are to manage project groups and be leaders for organisations because

such positions demand skills in social competence and empathy. Previous studies have shown that engineers

have low degrees of social competence skills. In this study, the level of empathy as measured by the four

subscales of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, perspective taking, fantasy, empathic distress and empathic

concern, among engineering students was compared to students in health care profession programmes.

Participants were undergraduate students at Linköping University, 365 students from four different health

care profession programmes and 115 students from two different... (More)
Engineers face challenges when they are to manage project groups and be leaders for organisations because

such positions demand skills in social competence and empathy. Previous studies have shown that engineers

have low degrees of social competence skills. In this study, the level of empathy as measured by the four

subscales of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, perspective taking, fantasy, empathic distress and empathic

concern, among engineering students was compared to students in health care profession programmes.

Participants were undergraduate students at Linköping University, 365 students from four different health

care profession programmes and 115 students from two different engineering programmes. When the

empathy measures were corrected for effects of sex, engineering students from one of the programmes had

lower empathy than psychology and social worker students on the fantasy and perspective-taking subscales.

These results raise questions regarding opportunities for engineering students to develop their empathic

abilities. It is important that engineering students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge and

skills regarding empathy. (Less)
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10.1080/03043797.2012.708720
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  abstract     = {Engineers face challenges when they are to manage project groups and be leaders for organisations because<br/><br>
such positions demand skills in social competence and empathy. Previous studies have shown that engineers<br/><br>
have low degrees of social competence skills. In this study, the level of empathy as measured by the four<br/><br>
subscales of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, perspective taking, fantasy, empathic distress and empathic<br/><br>
concern, among engineering students was compared to students in health care profession programmes.<br/><br>
Participants were undergraduate students at Linköping University, 365 students from four different health<br/><br>
care profession programmes and 115 students from two different engineering programmes. When the<br/><br>
empathy measures were corrected for effects of sex, engineering students from one of the programmes had<br/><br>
lower empathy than psychology and social worker students on the fantasy and perspective-taking subscales.<br/><br>
These results raise questions regarding opportunities for engineering students to develop their empathic<br/><br>
abilities. It is important that engineering students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge and<br/><br>
skills regarding empathy.},
  author       = {Rasoal, Chato and Danielsson, Henrik and Jungert, Tomas},
  issn         = {0304-3797},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {427--435},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {European Journal of Engineering Education},
  title        = {Empathy among students in engineering programs},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2012.708720},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2012},
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