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ERIC Number: EJ1024663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Don't Throw the Rocks!: Cultivating Care with a Pedagogy Called Rocks-in-the-Basket
Rabin, Colette
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v28 n2 p145-161 2014
Due to the current focus on individual achievement in education, relational ethical stances, such as care ethics, are particularly important. To be prepared to teach care ethics, teachers need exposure to pedagogies that cultivate students' capacity to care. "Care" refers to the capacity to become aware of and attend to others' needs. This study examined a case of care theory in practice through a pedagogical strategy called "rocks-in-the-basket." The findings illuminate what is involved in translating care ethics into pedagogical features: (1) without predefining "caring," the rocks-in-the-basket experience increased students' awareness of what constitutes care through reflection, (2) a dialogue fostered learning about care, and (3) the practice cultivated a focus on caring acts that otherwise might be overlooked and therefore gave rise to opportunities for students and teachers to develop the habit of mind to confirm each other. These pedagogical features illuminate how to translate a care perspective toward moral education into practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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