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Social Reconstruction Learning

Jennifer Bleazby, Social Reconstruction Learning This volume argues that educational problems have their basis in an ideology of binary opposites often referred to as dualism, which is deeply embedded in all aspects of Western society and philosophy, and that it is partly because mainstream schooling incorporates dualism that it is unable to facilitate the thinking […]

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The Socratic Classroom: Reflective Thinking through Collaborative Inquiry

Sarah Davey Chesters (Sense Publishers, 2012) This book provides a framework for a collaborative inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning suitable not only for formal educational settings such as the school classroom but for all educational settings. For teachers, educationalists, philosophers and philosophers of education, The Socratic Classroom presents a theoretical as well as practical […]

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Teaching Ethics in Schools

Philip Cam, ACER Press, 2012 Teaching Ethics in Schools provides a fresh approach to to moral education based on reflection and collaborative enquiry. It demonstrates how an ethics-based model can stimulate ethical enquiry, influence habits of mind  and encourage students to develop good moral judgement. The book draws on the history of philosophy in succinct terms and relates this to contemporary school contexts, while including an array of activities, […]

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Designing a Thinking Curriculum

Susan Wilks This book responds to the challenge of disengagement in the middle years of schooling by providing ideas for the implementation of a thinking curriculum in schools. Teachers, teacher educators and curriculum consultants describe how they have been influenced by theorists, their use of appropriate cognitive theories, and strategies they have developed that will […]

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Critical & Creative Thinking: Strategies for Classroom Inquiry

Susan Wilks Critical & Creative Thinking is a valuable resource for teachers. It provides a strong rationale for the role of inquiry in the classroom, a range of activities for encouraging pupil participation, and teaching strategies to develop and refine thinking skills and processes such as: identifying assumptions; prioritising; seeking alternatives; speculating; drawing inferences and […]

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Philosophical Discussion in Moral Education: The community of ethical inquiry

Tim Sprod Philosophical Discussion in Moral Education develops a detailed philosophical defence of the claim that teachers should engage students in ethical discussions to promote moral competence and strengthen moral character. Paying particular attention to the teacher’s role, this book highlights the justification for, and methods of, creating a classroom community of ethical inquiry. (Routledge)

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Teaching for Better Thinking: The Classroom Community of Inquiry

Laurance J Splitter & Ann Margaret Sharp Provides a detailed description of what the discipline of philosophy offers to children and teachers. Building on the intimate connection between thinking and philosophy, the central theme is that when the classroom is transformed into a ‘community of philosophical inquiry’, children develop the ability to think in ways […]

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The Ethical School

Felicity Haynes The Ethical School discusses case studies to help teachers to reflect on their own ethics, guiding them to make more reasonable decisions in their schools, and thereby gradually transforming schools into more cohesive and caring communities. This book covers such everyday problems as censorship, inclusivity, school uniform, punishment, personal gain and confidentiality, and […]

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Engaging with Ethics: Ethical Inquiry for Teachers

Mark Freakley & Gilbert Burgh (2000) This book adopts a ‘community of inquiry’ approach to the teaching of professional ethics to pre-service teachers. It is designed to assist students to bridge the gap between ethical theories and their practical experiences as beginning professionals. The first part of the book articulates the framework for the approach […]

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Ethics and the Community of Inquiry: Education for Deliberative Democracy

Gilbert Burgh, Terri Field & Mark Freakley (2006) Ethics and the Community of Inquiry develops a practical philosophy of education that addresses professional values and conduct and pedagogical practice within a framework of democratic education. The authors propose a philosophy of genuine inquiry to integrate curriculum, teaching and learning, and to place deliberative democracy at […]