Philosophy for Children and P.E.A.C.E. - University of Naples Federico II



Important information

  • Course
  • Online
  • Duration:
    6 Weeks

This course is brought to you by the Department of Humanities and the Philosophy for Children Course at University of Naples, Federico II and the PEACE project, a LLL/Comenius project that offers training in the use of philosophical enquiry in the curriculum to foster a cosmopolitan mindset in young people

It aims to demonstrate how important philosophy is to the development of critical and creative thinking. It aims to show teachers how they can use stories, sketches and games to translate the complexity of philosophical enquiry into manageable and profitable discussion with the children in their classes. The course looks at the background and theory behind P4C, and then introduces the method and approach used. It then takes participants into different classrooms as observers of P4C sessions in practice, with guided observation tasks to aid understanding. The P.E.A.C.E project illustrates a specific application of the P4C approach; it uses philosophy to foster a more tolerant and cosmopolitan mindset in children. The final module enables participants to gain first-hand experience of P4C by involving them in a P4C pratical session of their own with one of the P4C trainers from the University of Naples.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

By the end of this course, participants should have an understanding of

why philosophy is important in the elementary school classroom
the background and theory of Philosophy for Children
how to translate the complexity of philosophical enquiry into a manageable thought and discussion process for young learners
how to source suitable materials and how to adapt them to their own class
how P4C can be adapted to focus on a specific aspect of education eg tolerance


Where and when

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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

The course introduces participants to the origins, theory and practice of Philosophy for Children. It shows how the technique is used in the classroom and, through the PEACE project, illustrates how it can be used to address specific areas of children's education e.g. living in a multicultural classroom/society. Participants discover a series of materials that can be used or adapted for use in their own classroom, and gain first-hand experience of using the P4C methodology in a practical session.