Did you know about the new practical training and service learning opportunity offered by the Philosophy Department?
- PHIL 2620: Philosophy for Children. This course introduces students to philosophical inquiry and trains students in Philosophy for Children methodology and pedagogy.
- PHIL 3620: P4C Practicum. This course pairs each student with a K-6 class. The students prepare lesson plans, get feedback from their peers, and put their training into practice by facilitating weekly P4C sessions at the elementary school.
PHIL 2620 Philosophy for Children is on the books for Fall 2017. PHIL 2620 is a prerequisite for PHIL 3620, the practical training and service learning course, which will be offered in the Spring.
Here is the course description for PHIL 2620, which is being offered in the Fall:
"This course introduces students to doing philosophy with children. Students will learn about the diverse methodologies and existing practices of philosophy for children and young adults. Meanwhile, students will themselves be introduced to philosophical topics and questions of philosophy such as the nature of identity, value of work, or meaning of friendship through children's literature, thought experiments, interactive games, and use of artistic media. P4C methods focus on doing rather than studying philosophy: Students engage in philosophical thinking and learn to foster philosophical dialogue by developing a "community of inquiry" in which the participants are encouraged to ask questions, reflect on their intuitions, articulate reasons for their views and most importantly, listen and learn from each other."
This would be a good class for future elementary school teachers, for students who are interested in philosophical inquiry, and students looking for service learning opportunities.
If you are interested, we have three upcoming P4C and P4Teens sessions at the Southwest Library; all are welcome to attend/observe. More information can be found here.