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ERIC Number: ED419801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 21
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Taking Caring Seriously: The Ethic of Care in Classroom Life.
Goldstein, Lisa
This paper uses an excerpt from a case study of a primary classroom teacher, depicting some of the ways that the ethic of care contributed to the education of young children. The excerpt applies Noddings' conception of caring (an encounter between a one-caring and a cared-for characterized by engrossment and motivational displacement on the part of the one-caring and reciprocity on the part of the cared-for) to an analysis of the teacher's morning meeting with students. The morning meeting involves a story or song, then introduction to the day's learning center activities. The teacher provides a range of tasks suited to various ability levels. She is flexible and responsive to each child as an individual. She gives primacy to the children's own desires and goals for themselves, and she invests in the children emotionally. She believes that her teaching involves four intertwined strands: students, herself, the environment, and her philosophy. Care-centered teaching offers a powerful alternative to conceptions of caring shaping current thinking about the term. The ethic of care is a construct that allows early childhood teachers to position caring in a way that offers an opportunity to enhance and deepen understanding of the work teachers do. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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