Nel Noddings (1929–), U.S. philosopher of education, is widely recognized for contributions across her illustrious career to curriculum conception and reform. Across her writings, curriculum has always held pride of place; for her it is the backbone of schooling. And in effect, no reform should be undertaken without its specific attention. Emblematic of this curriculum emphasis, in 2000, Division B, Curriculum Studies, of the American Educational Research Association, awarded Noddings its Distinguished Career Award. Central to an international reputation, her prose is direct, pithy, and accessible, and is thus useful to scholars and practitioners alike. Occasional paraphrasing from key texts is sprinkled throughout this entry.

Noddings's biography mirrors her general commitment to education through a multiplicity of opportunities and based in the contributions of each ...

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