About

Introduction

The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) is a professional non-profit organisation promoting philosophy in schools and representing the interests of its affiliated associations across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The Federation’s primary purpose is to facilitate the educational aims and objectives of these affiliated associations.

This site contains contact details for each affiliated association. The menu above also provides material relating to an array of professional development, educational and advocacy initiatives by FAPSA.

Organisational structure

FAPSA decision-making is conducted through its Council and Executive committee.

The FAPSA Council includes representatives from each of the affiliated associations. Each year, a general meeting is held to deal with matters impacting on the associations, and the FAPSA Council seeks to resolve democratically any conflicts of interest within the Federation.

Every two years, the Council elects one of FAPSA’s affiliated associations which nominates members to form an Executive committee. The Executive runs the routine, day-to-day affairs of FAPSA for the subsequent two-year period, in accordance with the decisions of the AGM and the National Council.

Any association, group or organisation established for the purpose of promoting philosophy in schools may seek to be recognised by the FAPSA Council as an affiliated association.

FAPSA has an Australian Business Number (ABN): 74471866705.

Aims and objectives

FAPSA aims to assist its affiliated associations to promote the widespread practice of critical, creative and reflective thinking by supporting the teaching of philosophy in schools.

Among the Federation’s objectives are:

  • to seek support from educational institutions for enriching and expanding philosophy education in schools in Australasia;
  • to promote collaborative, inquiry-based learning through philosophy in the classroom, including through the ‘community of inquiry’ pedagogy;
  • to advocate in matters of national and international interest which impact on philosophy education in schools; and
  • to seek funding for the development of classroom resources and for educational research about the theory and practice of philosophy in schools.

A complete list of the Federations’ aims and objectives is set out in its Constitution.

To achieve its objectives, FAPSA provides professional development and continuing support for teachers; maintains a professional network by organising meetings, online discussion forums and conferences; and promotes the activities of affiliated associations in national and international forums.

FAPSA also collaborates with the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) which is the professional organisation of academic philosophers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The purpose of the AAP is to promote the study of philosophy in Australasia and to co-ordinate professional activities.

International impact

FAPSA has links to international philosophy in schools organisations including the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC), an organisation founded by philosophers and teachers interested in engaging school students in philosophical inquiry. (Download the ICPIC President’s Report, 2009 – 2011.)

Some of the Federation’s members are active in the promotion of philosophy in education through organisations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).