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Nel Noddings makes the case that producing caring and competent people ought to be the principal goal of education, suggesting that educators establish the conditions in which students with differing interests, capacities, and needs can achieve things that are educationally worthwhile. This paper considers how Noddings approaches two questions fundamental to curriculum theory and practice. One is where the curriculum maker should begin and the other is how Noddings would reconstitute the school curriculum. Noddings believes that a "preactive" curriculum, a body of materials prepared in advance and intended for instruction, has inherent educational limitations. Noddings advocated an interactive view of curriculum that grows from the interactions among teachers, students, and materials. Her objections to coercion and standardization do not mean that she favors educational anarchy. She suggests recasting the language for reform rather than being trapped by it. Standards, for example, if applied to individual children, may be a wonderful means of educational planning. Rather than requiring all students to learn the same material through the same activities, Noddings would invite each student to participate in forming the purposes that direct his or her activities. In effect, she would devise individualized standards to the extent practicable. She acknowledges that there is material all children do need, but stresses that it is a mistake to establish arbitrary learning standards and accountability mechanisms that take no account of the individual capacities and purposes of children. A curriculum constituted on an ethic of care implies the development of competence on the part of the teacher and the student. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Interests











Author: Thornton, Stephen J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6881&id=ED453280



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