Suter Science Seminars

Friday, January 22, 2010, 4 p.m.,

Science Center #106

Caring: How We Become Attached

Many educators today express interest in attachment theory. Children who have not formed secure attachments to their early caregivers often experience social problems in school and neighborhood activities. Care theory is useful in explaining how secure attachments are formed. Caring relations are important at every stage of life, and caring teachers can be instrumental in enriching the lives of their students, often well into adolescence. Care theory also offers a powerful approach to moral education.

Shenandoah Anabaptist Scientific Society

About the Presenter

Nel Noddings, Ph.D.

Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society and the John Dewey Society. In addition to sixteen books—among them, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Philosophy of Education—she is the author of more than 200 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her latest books are Happiness and Education, Educating Citizens for Global Awareness, Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach, and most recent When School Reform Goes Wrong.

Noddings spent fifteen years as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum supervisor in public schools; she served as a mathematics department chairperson in New Jersey and as Director of the Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago. At Stanford, she received the Award for Teaching Excellence three times.

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