Children as Philosophers: Learning through Enquiry and by Joanna Haynes

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By Joanna Haynes

"Children as Philosophers" discusses the attention-grabbing and topical premise of the advance of a philosophical academic origin for kid's considering at an early age. It argues for the appropriate of a kid to check principles and exhibit their ideals in discussion with others. This broadens a kid's considering, conversing and listening talents around the entire curriculum. The ebook deals a constitution for ethical enquiry in the PSHE/Citizenship curriculum. It discusses the pleasures and demanding situations for adults in handling open-ended lecture room dialogue and dealing with kid's claims to wisdom within the philosophical area. the writer illustrates, by way of case reports, the content material of a social and ethical curriculum, the position of the instructor and the improvement of disciplined enquiry as an integral part in education. The e-book addresses the global flow often called "Philosophy for Children", built within the united states and Australia yet positioned right into a united kingdom context.

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The introduction of thinking skills into the official curriculum is a double-edged sword. It is important to avoid formulaic procedures that become habitual. It is necessary to locate enquiry and dialogue firmly within the experience of the participants. One consequence of this approach is the need to give young participants greater responsibility What kind of thinking are we teaching? 43 for deciding the agenda and to question one’s own power and authority as an adult, whilst retaining responsibility for the provision of care and education.

Schools have a wonderful 48 Thinking about thinking opportunity to nurture children’s thinking by placing high demands upon it and by awakening children to how they can use their intellectual and affective faculties. Counting children in: philosophical enquiry and citizenship Philosophical enquiry with children, with its emphasis on oral work, narrative voice and inclusive, democratic practice, provides a powerful means by which children can listen to their peers, share experience and explore meaning.

Bruner (1996) argues that schools are valuable because they are extraordinary places, ‘for getting a sense of how to use the mind, how to deal with authority, how to treat others’. The ‘stakeholder’ status can be extended significantly in favour of children by providing them with opportunities to exercise responsibility and a chance to explore at least some parts of the curriculum in their own terms. Schools that adopt philosophical enquiry provide very fertile ground for this. The possibility of nurturing the ‘reasonable person’ lies at the heart of education in a liberal democracy.

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