This workshop in Philosophy for Children (P4C) brings together P4C specialists, teachers, academics, students, and visiting scholars from around the world for three days of intensive study, dialogue and philosophical fellowship. The workshop is designed to provide school teachers with professional development and P4C specialists with a venue for reporting on their work; it will also assist international scholars to bring P4C to their countries; and to provide all involved with reflective experience of a community of philosophical inquiry.
The workshop will focus on both theoretical and practical aspects of Philosophy for Children. Theoretical issues to be explored include: the community of inquiry and the cultivation of identity and personhood; conceptual and empirical work on the link between thinking and talking; the challenges of moral relativism and absolutism in an increasingly globalized and cosmopolitan world; and the relationship of philosophy to other disciplines and school subjects. Practical sessions will include: reflective use of both the original P4C curriculum and the PEACE curriculum focusing on cosmopolitan engagement and intercultural dialogue, introducing new materials for teachers and students; steps in building a community of inquiry; the use of “powerful” questioning to promote “powerful” thinking and dialogue; philosophical perspectives on teaching reasoning and ethics (values education); and assessing the quality of thinking and reasoning.