Multi-Level Group Selection and its Connection to Empathetic, Community-Driven Pedagogy: A Research Study Framework Proposal
In the case of my specific research project, classroom limitations necessitate a refinement of focus so that the research questions can remain focused and manageable.
The proposal found here in fact briefly blueprints three potential study approaches: one survey-based report, one comparative qualitative study, and one longitudinal study focusing on the same group of learners and teachers over an extended period of time.
But what is this anthropological research, and how does it pertain to best pedagogical practices for empathy in classrooms? That information will be forthcoming. For now, let us precisely delineate the practical problem this proposed research project is meant to address.
The anthropological work done already on the social applications of multi-level group selection theory as a means of
explaining the more culturally anomalous elements of natural selection in humans shows promising insights into how to go about interaction practice in many realms where interpersonal communication is in play.
This proposal aims to draw from the aforementioned anthropological knowledge solely in the arena that best points to a means of understanding empathic community practice from a groups-oriented standpoint, while also building upon the author’s own experience as a classroom teacher taking steps to build true culture and community in the classroom.
To best understand what multi-level group selection is and how it connects to our question of empathy in the classroom, we need to start by clearly delineating the key terms we will be using in our description of the group selection process.
Anthropol Open J. 2022; 5(1): 1-6. doi: 10.17140/ANTPOJ-5-123