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Rediscovering Morality Through the Concept of Childhood


by Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd — 2013

This chapter looks at John Dewey’s consideration of childhood as a platform from which to view the significance of childhood in moral life. It argues that the concept of childhood is integral to our thinking in the teaching and learning relationship. When we consider childhood from Dewey’s platform, we see that childhood is relevant to society both because it is a source of continued renewal and growth for our society and because its plastic and imaginative grounding enables children and their childhoods to fundamentally change educational relationships.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 112. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 115 Number 13, 2013, p. 98-115
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18319, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:05:44 AM

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  • Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    STEPHANIE BURDICK-SHEPHERD is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in Philosophy and Education. Her dissertation work examines the consequences of rich descriptions of childhood in educational philosophy. Her most recent publication is “Reading Feminist Hospitality in Plato’s Timeaus: Possibilities for Education” in Feminism and Hospitality: Reconsidering the Gender/Host Relationship.
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