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Transcript of Nel Noddings
Master's degree in mathematics from Rutgers University, NJ
Ph.D. in education from Stanford University, CA Nel Noddings Aishah Ali
Ruiyan Xiong Noddings has been married for 60 years.
She has 10 children.
Her early educational experiences and her close relationships are key to the development of her philosophy. Noddings was born January 19, 1929. She is 84 years old. Education Personal Life Her Beliefs Nel Noddings: An Introduction The Ethics
of Care and Education Caring is the foundation of education.
Caring means that a person recognizes that they are being cared for, and that they recognize and respond to the carer.
Caring is important for educating the "whole child." Natural Care Ethical Care Natural Care vs. Ethical Care Innate
People care for others because they naturally care
"I want to give you a hug." Obligation
People care for others because they feel that they must.
"I'm giving you a hug because you need one." The Middle Ground Ethical caring becomes natural when one's natural care for their loved ones is reflected upon others (students). Criticisms Some critics believe that Nodding's beliefs are too feminist and reinforces traditional gender roles.
Caring creates unequal relationships between the care givers and the cared-for.
Caring diminishes individualism and independence.
The teacher-student relationship could be jeopardized because educators may not engage in self-care.
Cultural differences? What is "natural"? Needs in the Ethic of Care Model Inferred Needs: The needs defined by the educators.
Expressed Needs: The needs expressed by the learners through their behaviors and words.
Basic (Universal) Needs: The needs required to survive.
Overwhelming Needs: The needs associated with socioeconomic status, home environment, and cultural values. "We should want more from our educational efforts than adequate academic achievement, and we will not achieve even that meager success unless our children believe that they themselves are cared for and learn to care for others."
-Nel Noddings Question 1 Nel Noddings believes that everyone has an innate and natural desire to care for others, but critics point out that what is “natural” in one culture is not natural in another.
Do you believe that this is a valid criticism? How can we modify Noddings’ beliefs about natural caring to be more culturally responsive? Do you think that caring would reinforce traditional gender roles of women? Why or why not? Question 2 Question 3 Do you think that a caring classroom environment can jeopardize the professional relationship between students and their teacher?