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Caring and Respect in Preschool Classrooms: Connecting Ethical Theory to Empirical Research

Abstract This study focuses on the principles of caring and respect for persons, and how they are manifested in the preschool classroom. Caring and respect are core ethical principles. When applied, they inform our thinking and guide our behavior. Leading ethicists, including Immanuel Kant and Nel Noddings, have argued that caring and respect are vital elements in ethical human relationships. This dissertation is at the forefront of a new line of inquiry which is seeking to connect the philosophical with the empirical in ways that can be illuminating for both, and for education research and practice more generally. The study connects ethical theory with a qualitative analysis of how the principles of caring and respect do and do not manifest in pre-... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Paxton, Kate (Author) / Margolis, Eric (Advisor) / Swadener, Beth (Advisor) / Fischman, Gustavo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Education / Ethics / Early childhood education / applied ethics / caring / ethic of care / Kant / Noddings / respect
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 131 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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