With its roots in listening, thinking, speaking and questioning, philosophy is the perfect vehicle for sparking students’ natural wonder and curiosity about life and living. Philosophical thinking itself is a special kind of thinking. Not just thinking, but thinking about thinking: why we think what we think, and whether we are justified to think that. It is, too, an approach to questions - all of which leads to the development of reasoning skills, the ability to construct arguments, to sustain a train of thought, to express ideas without judgement. You could say it cultivates excellence in thinking. By engaging learners in motivating, lively and entertaining dialogue, philosophical questioning forces critical thinking, clarity about the limits of our knowledge, the examination of values, issues and ethics, and leads to active and responsible citizenship, ie an examined life. It was Socrates who is quoted as having said, An unexamined life is not worth living. The what, why and how of philosophical thinking is unpacked in this Learning Space, and the development of an action plan for introducing (or extending an aspect of) philosophical thinking into classroom practice is the culminating activity.
Alignment with Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1.1, 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, 6.2, 6.4
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