Community of philosophical inquiry: citizenship in the classroom

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The context for the study was the current curriculum reform in Scotland (Curriculum for Excellence) which demands that teachers enable children to become ‘Responsible Citizens’. This paper reports a study which aimed to evaluate the use of Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) as a pedagogical tool to enhance citizenship attributes in Scottish children in a range of educational settings. Before and after an extended series of CoPI sessions, the children were presented with dilemmas designed to elicit responses which indicated their ability to make informed choices and decisions and to articulate informed, ethical views of complex issues. The sessions were facilitated by the class teachers who were trained in CoPI. Changes in these teachers’ understandings of citizenship and pedagogy over the course of the study were also examined. The implications both for education for citizenship and the potential of Philosophy with Children to contribute to an enhanced school curriculum will be discussed.

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
Abbreviated titleEARLI
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityExeter
Period30/08/113/09/11

Fingerprint

citizenship
classroom
curriculum
community
teacher
educational setting
citizen
reform
ability
school
education

Keywords

  • community of philosophical inquiry
  • citizenship
  • citizenship attributes
  • Scotland
  • curriculum for excellence
  • children’s reasoning
  • decision making

Cite this

Cassidy, C., & Christie, D. (2011). Community of philosophical inquiry: citizenship in the classroom. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom.
Cassidy, Claire ; Christie, Donald. / Community of philosophical inquiry : citizenship in the classroom. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom.
@conference{9ea8e6c108694e33aaec4dcbde8e10fa,
title = "Community of philosophical inquiry: citizenship in the classroom",
abstract = "The context for the study was the current curriculum reform in Scotland (Curriculum for Excellence) which demands that teachers enable children to become ‘Responsible Citizens’. This paper reports a study which aimed to evaluate the use of Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) as a pedagogical tool to enhance citizenship attributes in Scottish children in a range of educational settings. Before and after an extended series of CoPI sessions, the children were presented with dilemmas designed to elicit responses which indicated their ability to make informed choices and decisions and to articulate informed, ethical views of complex issues. The sessions were facilitated by the class teachers who were trained in CoPI. Changes in these teachers’ understandings of citizenship and pedagogy over the course of the study were also examined. The implications both for education for citizenship and the potential of Philosophy with Children to contribute to an enhanced school curriculum will be discussed.",
keywords = "community of philosophical inquiry, citizenship , citizenship attributes , Scotland, curriculum for excellence, children’s reasoning, decision making",
author = "Claire Cassidy and Donald Christie",
year = "2011",
month = "9",
day = "3",
language = "English",
note = "European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction : Education for a Global Networked Society, EARLI ; Conference date: 30-08-2011 Through 03-09-2011",

}

Cassidy, C & Christie, D 2011, 'Community of philosophical inquiry: citizenship in the classroom' European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom, 30/08/11 - 3/09/11, .

Community of philosophical inquiry : citizenship in the classroom. / Cassidy, Claire; Christie, Donald.

2011. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

TY - CONF

T1 - Community of philosophical inquiry

T2 - citizenship in the classroom

AU - Cassidy, Claire

AU - Christie, Donald

PY - 2011/9/3

Y1 - 2011/9/3

N2 - The context for the study was the current curriculum reform in Scotland (Curriculum for Excellence) which demands that teachers enable children to become ‘Responsible Citizens’. This paper reports a study which aimed to evaluate the use of Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) as a pedagogical tool to enhance citizenship attributes in Scottish children in a range of educational settings. Before and after an extended series of CoPI sessions, the children were presented with dilemmas designed to elicit responses which indicated their ability to make informed choices and decisions and to articulate informed, ethical views of complex issues. The sessions were facilitated by the class teachers who were trained in CoPI. Changes in these teachers’ understandings of citizenship and pedagogy over the course of the study were also examined. The implications both for education for citizenship and the potential of Philosophy with Children to contribute to an enhanced school curriculum will be discussed.

AB - The context for the study was the current curriculum reform in Scotland (Curriculum for Excellence) which demands that teachers enable children to become ‘Responsible Citizens’. This paper reports a study which aimed to evaluate the use of Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) as a pedagogical tool to enhance citizenship attributes in Scottish children in a range of educational settings. Before and after an extended series of CoPI sessions, the children were presented with dilemmas designed to elicit responses which indicated their ability to make informed choices and decisions and to articulate informed, ethical views of complex issues. The sessions were facilitated by the class teachers who were trained in CoPI. Changes in these teachers’ understandings of citizenship and pedagogy over the course of the study were also examined. The implications both for education for citizenship and the potential of Philosophy with Children to contribute to an enhanced school curriculum will be discussed.

KW - community of philosophical inquiry

KW - citizenship

KW - citizenship attributes

KW - Scotland

KW - curriculum for excellence

KW - children’s reasoning

KW - decision making

M3 - Other

ER -

Cassidy C, Christie D. Community of philosophical inquiry: citizenship in the classroom. 2011. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom.