Fostering citizenship in marginalised children through participation in Community of Philosophical Inquiry

Claire Cassidy, Helen Marwick, Lynn Deeney, Gillian McLean, Kirsten Rogers

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Abstract

Given the key drivers around citizenship education, children’s rights, voice, and participation it is essential that all children are supported to engage in the society in which they live. This article explores how Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) might offer that support to children who are potentially marginalised due to their specific needs. The article presents three case studies of children at risk of being marginalised in school settings who participated in CoPI over a period of ten weeks. CoPI has features that may be conducive to the achievement of broad goals associated with children’s voice and citizenship education. The article explores the ways in which these particular children engaged with CoPI and the impact of participation on their behaviour. The analysis of the accounts of their teachers supports the hypothesis that potentially marginalised children appear to benefit from the structure that is inherent in this form of practical philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation, Citizenship and Social Justice
Early online date3 Apr 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • philosophy with children
  • marginalised children
  • citizenship
  • participation
  • children’s voice

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