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Caring, Concept Of

A caring perspective in the curriculum recognizes that learning is most likely to develop in students who feel cared for and takes into account both the cognitive and moral dimensions of the curriculum. Although the term care has sources in ancient literature, mythology, and philosophy, recent attention to the notion of care increased significantly after the publication of Carol Gilligan's groundbreaking work, In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development. Gilligan's thesis that there are two different moral voices—one of impartiality or justice and one of relationships and care—fueled further work on what variously became known as caring, a care perspective, or an ethics of care. These discourses were further elucidated and vigorously debated in a variety of locations including bioethics, women's studies, psychology, ...

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