Pedagogies of Care

In this track, we'll consider the significance and complexity of care in education. We sometimes speak as if care does not require depthful knowledge. Often care seems a matter of good intentions or simple kindness. But in order to care we must understand the other’s needs, and this work is complex, oftentimes non-intuitive, and truly challenging.

The ultimate goal of caring dispositions, activities and practices is to bring about well-being; to have an impact on our world that enables us to live as well as possible, together.  But care is still a blurred issue: Is it personal? Can it be collective? To care in ways that matter, we must know many things.

  • Can we develop practices designed with compassion, that emphasize care for teachers so they can themselves care for students?
  • Can we move away from discourses of self-care and away from accepting burnout from affective labor?
  • Can we promote care as a collective responsibility that is seen as an equitable foundation for all education and all of society?

Join us for this track where, together, we will imagine ways to infuse care within our institutions and our practices in a socially just manner.  

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Maha Bali
Maha Bali, PhD is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo.
Mia Zamora
Mia Zamora, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English, the Director of the MA in Writing Studies and the Director of the Kean University Writing Project in Union, NJ, USA.
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