MoL-2013-22: Philosophy in primary schools - Developing teachers' manuals for different age groups

MoL-2013-22: Booy, Heleen (2013) Philosophy in primary schools - Developing teachers' manuals for different age groups. [Report]

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Abstract

There is a discrepancy between the main skills taught in primary education and those important in later life: In particular, critical and creative thinking skills remain insufficiently highlighted in primary education. Nevertheless, it has been demonstrated that these skills can be developed at primary school age. One way to foster such skills is to offer a special subject in primary schools: philosophy for children. This subject aims, specifically, to give children the opportunity to form their own answers to questions, and to reflect on different views with each other. Many primary school teachers might be enthusiastic about including philosophy in the curriculum, but currently, they do not have many tools or materials to implement this; existing teachers’ manuals are in some ways inaccessible to people without a philosophical background. Hence, it would help to have an introductory teachers’ manual, accessible to primary school teachers. This study addresses that need. The aim of the study was twofold. Firstly, I acquired insights into how to implement adequate philosophy classes for different age groups, based on experiences gained in a primary school. Secondly, based on these insights, I designed two teachers’ manuals that are accessible to primary school teachers without a philosophical background.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2013-22
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Logic; Language
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/911

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