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Philosophy Seminars for Five-Year-Olds

Maxwell, N; (2005) Philosophy Seminars for Five-Year-Olds. Learning for Democracy: An International Journal of Thought and Practice , 1 (2) 71 - 77. Green open access

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Abstract

Pupils, from five year olds onwards, ought to be encouraged, as a fundamental part of education, to engage in imaginative and critical discussion about how to go about solving problems – including problems of living. The role of the teacher would be, not to provide or assess solutions, but to encourage participatory rationality. The discussion seminars would not be group therapy, debate or indoctrination. They would influence, and be influenced by, the rest of the curriculum. The hope would be that pupils would learn how to realize what is of value in life by rational means. All this would require a revolution in education, from primary schools to university.

Type: Article
Title: Philosophy Seminars for Five-Year-Olds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.siue.edu/lfd/
Language: English
Additional information: Full text made available here with permission from the editor of the journal
Keywords: Education, problems of living, critical discussion
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/105637
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