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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: What Can University Philosophy Learn From Primary Philosophy?

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: What Can University Philosophy Learn From Primary Philosophy?

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Peter Worley MA FRSA Chief Executive Officer, The Philosophy Shop

Abstract

Peter Worley will clarify some key differences between approaches to doing philosophy with children and explain his own work. He will briefly answer the question, ‘Can children do philosophy?’, but will then turn to the question of whether philosophy at tertiary level can learn anything from philosophy at primary level. He will look at the presentation of information, the role of dialogue, assessment and teaching.

About the speaker

Peter has been working with children in education since 1993 and has been doing philosophy with children since 2002. Peter developed the method of Philosophical Enquiry (PhiE) that is at the heart of The Philosophy Shop's work. As CEO he represents the charity worldwide, trains specialists and teachers, and heads the Senior Leadership Team. He has been published in many magazines and philosophical journals and is a regular contributor to Teach Primary Magazine. His book, The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom has been called 'the best book if its kind currently available' (Michael Hand) and is a collection of philosophically-inspired stories and thought experiments for children, and teaching thinking strategies for teachers. Peter has been interviewed on the BBC World Service and on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme with A.C. Grayling, about philosophy in schools.

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