Transforming Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Primary and Secondary Classroom by Catherine C. MccallTransforming Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Primary and Secondary Classroom by Catherine C. Mccall

Transforming Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Primary and Secondary Classroom

byCatherine C. MccallEditorCatherine C. Mccall

Paperback | April 28, 2009

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Essential reading for anyone who seeks to prepare active citizens for the twenty-first century, this long-awaited book considers Philosophical Inquiry, an empowering teaching method that can lead to significant improvements in confidence and articulacy, and produce positive effects in other school activities and in interactions in the wider world.

Readers are guided through the creation of a Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) in the kindergarten, the classrooms of primary and secondary schools, the community centre and beyond, with practical ideas to make CoPI work. With examples ranging from five year old children to underachieving teenagers, and even senior citizens, the book shows how participation in a CoPI develops:

  • the skills of reasoning, critical and creative thinking
  • concept formation and judgment
  • the virtues of intellectual honesty and bravery.

Including chapters on the theory and development of Philosophical Inquiry, the creation of a community, and using CoPI with groups of different ages, this book forms essential reading for teachers, professionals and community workers.

Catherine C. McCallis President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for Doing Philosophy with Children, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC). She trains teachers and other professionals in implementing Philosophical Inquiry at Strathclyde University, and deli...
Title:Transforming Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Primary and Secondary ClassroomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415476682

ISBN - 13:9780415476683

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Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  1. Introduction  2. The Origins and Development of 'Community of Philosophical Inquiry'  3. The Theoretical Landscape  4. Philosophising with Five Year Olds  5. Creating a Community of Philosophical Inquiry [CoPI] with all ages  6. Different Methods of Group Philosophical Discussion  7. What you need to know to Chair a CoPI with Six to Sixteen Year olds  8. Implementing CoPI in Primary and Secondary Schools  9. CoPI, Citizenship, Moral virtue and Academic Performance with Primary and Secondary children  10. Afterword  Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"A wise, lucid and insightful book. I believe that Professor McCall¿s work deserves wide attention ¿ and, indeed, should one only have the time to spare to read one work from the ever-expanding literature on philosophy for children, I would heartily recommend this as the book to read."  - David Carr, University of Edinburgh, UK, British Journal of Educational Studies