All Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects

Year of Award



Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education & Allied Health

Degree Program

Collaborative High Impact Instruction


Education and Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jamie Doronkin

Second Advisor

Dr. Sarah Huisman

Third Advisor

Dr. Jenna Voss


Empathy, Empathetic Mindset, Cognitive Empathy, Affective Empathy, Perceptions of Students, Expectations of Students


The quality of student-teacher relationships is a predictor in classroom behavior, yet educators are not explicitly informed and trained regarding the positive impact that expressing empathy toward students has on student behavior and academic performance. The impact of educator empathetic mindsets on expectations of students and perceptions of student performance collective case study examined the empathetic mindsets of three middle school teachers within a large, public, middle school setting. This research specifically generated qualitative narratives regarding how educator mindsets of empathy impacted expectations and perceptions of middle school students following their return to in-person learning after more than a year of distance learning due to the COVID-19 virus.

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

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