P4C- Philosophy for Children
‘P4C’ is the shortened name for Philosophy for Children, a methodology developed in the US and now practised in many countries, also under the names philosophical enquiry , philosophy with children, or philosophy for communities.
It’s unique because it develops speaking and listening as well as thinking skills in a collaborative setting. Students work together to reach a better understanding of a question that they’ve chosen themselves- hence they are motivated, engaged, and achieve more.
Because P4C is skills based, it’s a way of learning suitable for all ages and most settings. We find it especially suitable for exploring areas related to the global dimension, but it can be useful in any curriculum area.
Philosophical Enquiry (P4C); promoting community cohesion and Preventing
Extremism and Terrorism
Professor Lipmann, seeing the unrest in American universities, developed a programme designed to develop the skills of reasoned and respectful thinking, and the attitude of ‘reasonableness’- starting with young children and continuing into high schools.
This methodology is now practised in many different countries and in many different contexts, including schools and community groups.
This approach has particular relevance for developing community cohesion in schools and addressing the issues raised by Extremism and Terrorism.
In 2008 the DCSF toolkit, ‘Learning Together to be Safe’, offered advice to schools on how to address the issues raised by the Extremism and Terrorism agenda. The toolkit suggests the following actions:
Leadership and Values
Promote critical scholarship and informed moral purpose- Develop critical personal thinking skills
Exploring and promoting shared values
Modelling participatory democracy and freedom of speech
Develop teaching skills for dealing with controversial issues
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
Develop personal, learning and thinking skills so that pupils become independent enquirers and effective participators
Teaching and learning strategies which develop- questioning techniques to open up
debate…promoting open and respectful dialogue
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Philosophy in Communities Project
Young people from Ripley St. Thomas High School, and older people from the Friendship Centre attended an event held by Global Link at the Ashton Memorial. The participants shared food, learnt about the history of migration into the Lancaster area, and went through the ‘Witch Hunts, Then and Now’ exhibition. They used the exhibition as a stimulus for a joint philosophical enquiry into why it is that people feel the need to scape goat others.