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Philosophy Ireland Introductory Online P4C Workshop Sat 21/08/2020

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This introductory online P4C course is open to teachers and educators from primary, post primary and third level institutions.

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This online introductory P4C workshop is open to teachers and educators from primary, post primary and third level institutions. Taking an experiential approach, participants will have the opportunity to explore the key features of Philosophy with/for Children, and learn about facilitation tools and techniques that lead to fruitful philosophical inquiries both online and face to face. 

With advice and ideas for stimulus selection, curriculum planning and evaluation this course is useful for teachers or philosophers supporting the delivery of Aistear and GMGY at primary. Post primary teachers of any curriculum area will find value in the P4C pedagogy when planning for teaching and learning within the Junior Cycle Framework, and in particular the NCCA Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course which places the Philosophy with/for Children pedagogy as a foundational aspect of the course. The focus on ethics and exploration of values in many Leaving Cert courses, such as Politics and Society, Economics, and Computer Science are also well supported with philosophical inquiry-based learning.

The workshop is being facilitated by Marelle Rice  - Director, The Thinker’s Midwife and Director of Philosophy Ireland.  Marelle is the co-author of the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course and JCT Associate responsible for designing and delivering the CPD in relation to it.  She also works with numerous schools, organisations such as the NCCA and the PDST, as well as third level institutions on all things P4C.

Software used to facilitate this online workshop include Zoom, Google Jamboard, Padlet and Mentimeter.

Places are limited so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

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What is Philosophy with/for Children (P4C)

Philosophy with/for Children (P4C) is a powerful educational approach which has cognitive and social benefits for children and schools. It has spread internationally over the last 50 years and is practised in over 60 countries.

P4C engages children in developing their own questions in response to a given stimulus. They then enquire thoughtfully, and collaboratively, into their choice of question, guided by the facilitator (the teacher). Finally, they reflect on their thoughts and participation, and suggest how they could improve on their learning (skills and content) next time. Consequently, both the process and the content of learning are simultaneously developed.

Democratic and egalitarian in nature, P4C places emphasis on building social and emotional skills and dispositions over time, as well as cognitive abilities.  Increased respect, open mindedness, reasoning and reasonableness - in and out of the classroom – are common effects of P4C.

P4C is a thorough pedagogy with considerable academic and practical pedigree. Professor Matthew Lipman created the approach drawing on the works of Vygotsky, Piaget, Dewey and the tradition of Socratic dialogue.

Outcomes:

Numerous studies into P4C have been conducted all over the world and yielded impressive results. A typical example being the Trickey and Topping research (which has been replicated yielding similar results in both England and America), published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology (2007), which highlighted the following benefits for students:

  • P4C sessions once a week for a school year can increase IQ by an average of 6 points as measured by CAT scores.
  • Improvement is sustained even after pupils move from primary to secondary school.

In 2015 research by the EEF in partnership with the UK based charity SAPERE confirmed the academic benefits of regular P4C with children.

P4C can be successfully applied to any subject, such is the foundational nature of philosophy. No longer are the Arts and the Sciences at either end of a competing spectrum. Rather this teaching method enables the best of both.

“The P4C classes I took at school showed me the importance of collaborating with people of different viewpoints and experiences in order to encourage creative discussion and effectively solve problems. During my philosophy classes I improved my ability to creatively explore a given stimuli, collectively convey my thoughts and broaden my perspective on the world through listening to and debating ideas with my classmates. By approaching the learning syllabus in such a way, topics which I was previously reluctant to learn suddenly became effortless to understand…I am now studying physics at Imperial College London and I have just finished an internship at Google. Despite my passion for science and technology I would say ultimately my ability to explore and approach problems fluently in a variety of different ways enables me to be a successful engineer, qualities which P4C helped me to develop.” Paris-Anne O’Shea, November 2017

What time does the course start and finish ?

10am - 3pm Saturday 21 August 2021

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You are welcome to contact Marelle directly at p4c@thethinkersmidwife.co.uk 

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Philosophy Ireland is an invitation to the people of Ireland (whatever their age, and whoever they are) to think, enquire, and reflect – to get philosophizing! Our mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland is passionate about philosophy. We believe that philosophy is for everyone. We believe that everyone could use more thinking time.

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