Nel Noddings Keynote Talk @ Voyagers’ Conference 2009 (VIDEO)

March 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Online Video Series, Education Events, New Resource | Leave a comment
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Voyagers’ Community School is hosting their 2nd annual conference May 18-21. Visit for more information.

On January 22nd and 23rd Voyager Community School in New Jersey hosted an important conference, one which may set a precedent for other alternative schools around the country. It was called Creativity, Community and Conscience, Progressive Education in the 21st Century and was held at the school in Farmingdale, New Jersey.

One if the major speakers, Nel Noddings, is a well known author and professor of Education at Stanford University. She spent seventeen years as an elementary and high school mathematics teacher and school administrator, before earning her PhD and beginning work as an academic in the fields of philosophy of education, theory of education and ethics, specifically moral education and ethics of care. She became a member of the Stanford faculty in 1977, and was the Jacks Professor of Child Education from 1992 until 1998. While at Stanford University she received awards for teaching excellence in 1981, 1982 and 1997, and was the associate dean or acting dean of the School of Education for four years. After leaving Stanford University, she held positions at Columbia University and Colgate University. She is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and the John Dewey Society. In 2002-2003 she held the John W. Porter Chair in Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University. She has been Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University since she retired in 1998.

Nel Noddings has 10 children and in 2004 had been married for 54 years. She has described her early educational experiences and her close relationships as key in her development of her philosophical position.

Contributions to philosophy
Noddings’ first sole-authored book Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education(1984) followed close on the 1982 publication of Carol Gilligan’s ground-breaking work in the ethics of care In a Different Voice. While her work on ethics continued, with the publication of Women and Evil (1989), and later works on moral education, most of her later publications have been on the philosophy of education and educational theory. Her most significant works in these areas have been Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief (1993) and Philosophy of Education (1995).

The DVD of her talk is now available only through the AERO Bookstore in conjunction with Voyagers’ Community School (

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