Philosophy and Education

Philosophy and Education

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Are children natural philosophers? They are curious about questions such as the meaning and purpose of being alive and whether we can know anything at all. Pre-college philosophy takes as a starting point young peoplea€™s inherent interest in large questions about the human condition. Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People seeks to illuminate the ways in which philosophy can strengthen and deepen pre-college education. The book examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people at different grade levels, including assessing what teachers need in order to teach philosophy and describing several models for introducing philosophy into schools. Ways to explore specific branches of philosophy a€“ ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic a€“ through literature, thought experiments, and games and activities, as well as traditional philosophy texts, are described. The booka€™s final section considers student assessment and program evaluation, and analyzes the contributions pre-college philosophy can make to education in general. Teachers and educators a€“ and parents a€“ all want young people to grow up with the skills they need to pursue their own goals and become productive and successful adults. Thinking independently and reasoning clearly are central to these objectives. Philosophy helps students develop some of the analytic skills they need to engage in thoughtful decision-making throughout their lives, and the richness of the questions involved can help young people maintain their awareness of the world as marvelous and mysterious.... have some privilege, for examplea€”although their typically poor performance in expository essay writing has been widely noted. Where we have found middle- school students to be most notably deficient is in dialogic argumenta€”in particular , anbsp;...

Title:Philosophy and Education
Author:Roberta Israeloff, Jana Mohr Lone
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2013-01-15


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