Philosophy in Schools

A Community of Inquiry

The teaching of Philosophy opens students’ minds to big ideas and promotes deep thinking. Students learn to reflect deeply, analyse arguments rigorously, arrive at independent judgements, and articulate their views with clarity, subtlety and respect.

Philosophy lessons at primary and middle school levels are largely influenced by the Philosophy for Children movement. This encourages the development of a collaborative and inquiring classroom community. It cultivates useful intellectual and social habits, such as careful listening, imaginative and critical thinking, clear communication and empathy. Students learn to articulate their views and to explore disagreements reasonably.

In some regions, Philosophy is an established subject available to students in their senior high school years. In various Australian states and territories, philosophical studies are offered as a matriculation subject or as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma program.

FAPSA seeks to make Philosophy accessible to a greater number of students; to enrich the learning experience for students; and to improve the quality of teaching, the depth of teachers’ understanding and the support available to them from a professional network of Philosophy teachers and teacher educators.