Happiness and Education

ISBN-10: 0521614724

ISBN-13: 9780521614726

Edition: 2005

Authors: Nel Noddings
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Description: When parents are asked what they want for their children, they usually answer that they want their children to be happy. Why, then, is happiness rarely mentioned as a goal of education? This book explores what we might teach if we were to take happiness seriously as a goal of education. It asks, first, what it means to be happy and, second, how we can help children to understand it. It notes that we have to develop a capacity for unhappiness and a willingness to alleviate the suffering of others to be truly happy. Criticizing our current almost exclusive emphasis on economic well-being and pleasure, Nel Noddings discusses the contributions of making a home, parenting, cherishing a place, the development of character, interpersonal growth, finding work that one loves, and participating in a democratic way of life. Finally, she explores ways in which to make schools and classrooms cheerful places. Nell Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and of the John Dewey Society. In addition to twelve books, she is the author of more than 170 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her latest books are Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy (University of California Press) and Educating Moral People: A Caring Alternative to Character Education (Teachers College Press), both published in 2002.

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Happiness as an Aim of Life and Education
Happiness
Suffering and unhappiness
Needs and wants
The aims of education
Educating for Personal Life
Making a home
Places and nature
Parenting
Character and spirituality
Interpersonal growth
Educating for Public Life
Preparing for work
Community, democracy, and service
Happiness in schools and classrooms
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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