Philosophy for Children

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When the author was first introduced to philosophy for children (p4c) Hawai'i, it made her cringe. She wasn't sure what it was all about, but it reminded her of a miserable past experience of sitting in a circle. Sitting in circles is the sort of activity that she tries to avoid in life. She was told that Dr. Thomas Jackson, aka Dr. J, would guide the p4c discussions in her class. Dr. J is the best, and he is widely adored by the students at the school. She can no longer call p4c Hawai'i a waste of time. She could see that there was a huge difference between the discussion circles of her past and p4c circles. It soon became clear that the students weren't the only ones benefiting from p4c. She was beginning to think about things in a deeper way and ask questions about what was really being said.

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  • Children
  • Class Activities
  • Classroom Techniques
  • ERIC, Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary School Students
  • Grade 5
  • Hawaii
  • Philosophy
  • Teaching Methods

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  • Angela Kim

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