Young Philosophers edit news on election day

The Philosophy Foundation’s group of under privileged youngsters got to edit the news at The Guardian offices on the 9th of June.  It was a long and rewarding day for all of us... starting off with some thought provoking enquiry: "the sun will rise tomorrow" is that a fact, or an opinion?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 14th June 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Young Philosophers, Knowledge, Belief

PhiE Circle

By combining the use of a Socratic Circle with the PhiE method the meta-aspect of the philosophical enquiry is deepened and a written aspect to the philosophy sessions can be introduced. 

Posted by Peter Worley on 10th June 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Education, P4C, Philosophy

Iffing: inferencing

Pete outlines an important pedagogical distinction for anyone facilitating philosophical conversations out there, helping to answer the question: when should you use the strategy of 'iffing and anchoring' and when is 'anchoring' without iffing enough?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 16th May 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, Education

Tags: facilitation, good thinking

The Advice Circle

Pete offers us a new technique for engaging children with an 'Advice Circle'.  The children get to narrate some of the story and then offer advice to the characters.  This could work with younger and older pupils.  Read the post for more.  And if you want to use the enquiry that Pete describes to model the technique, click the link or head over to the Enquiries section of our website and look for 'The Ant and The Grasshopper'.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 13th March 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Socratic Circle, Storytelling

Two ways to develop children’s synoptic view of a conversation

Pete offers some insights on how to develop the child's 'synoptic view' of a conversation or dialogue in the classroom, with two simple techniques - inviting P4C practitioners to comment on their experiences of developing this part of children's philosophical maturity.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 10th January 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Socratic Circle, Dialectic