Australasian organisations of interest
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre. CAPPE is the world’s largest concentration of applied philosophers. Its purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with policy input, community discussion, and professional aims. The Melbourne division of the Centre presents regular seminars at the University of Melbourne.
St James Ethics Centre is an independent, not-for-profit Australian organisation which provides a non-judgemental forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics. Its mission is to encourage and assist individuals and organisations to include the ethical dimension in their daily lives, and thereby help to create a better world.
Kinder Philosophy, directed by Kate Kennedy White and Dr Paula Keating, is a NSW-based organisation offering training courses (accredited by the NSW Teachers Institute) for the professional development of teachers. Kinder Philosophy also offers Philosophy workshops to develop deeper thinking in gifted or philosophically-inclined primary school children.
Dialogue Education, directed by Kathy and Matthew Wills, is based in South Australia and offers teachers professional development opportunities in how to improve critical, collaborative and creative thinking skills in students using P4C and other initiatives such as Philosothons and Ethics Olympiads.
International organisations of interest
The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) aims to strengthen communications among people in different parts of the world who are engaged in philosophical inquiry with children, in teacher education, in research and for school administrators looking to initiate and develop programs that would encourage children’s philosophical thinking. Download the draft Jinju Conference Declaration for Philosophy Education by the 15th ICPIC Conference (2011). This is a draft for comment.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is interested in promoting philosophy education internationally. Download UNESCO’s Recommendations on the teaching of philosophy in Europe and North America (February 2011).
At the 2011 VAPS Conference, Janette Poulton presented a history of the role of Philosophy Education in UNESCO from 1953 to 2011, and argued that there can be no UNESCO without Philosophy.
Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE) is an educational charity dedicated to promoting philosophical enquiry in schools; raising levels of educational achievement through philosophical enquiry; developing materials that stimulate philosophical enquiry; raising funds for projects; raising awareness through conferences and training courses; and issuing a quarterly publication.
The Society for Philosophy in Practice (SPP) is a professional organisation promoting philosophical reflection in general life, in particular via Philosophical Counselling, Socratic Dialogue, and Philosophy for Children. The SPP organises courses, events and conferences, publishes the journal Practical Philosophy, and provides a discussion forum for all those interested in the practical application of philosophical thought.
The Philosophical Society of England is a gateway to articles, meetings, talks, books and courses.
The Institute for Advancement of Philosophy with Children (IAPC) at Montclair State University, New York, provides curriculum materials for engaging young people in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry. The IAPC also conducts philosophical and empirical research in teaching pre-college philosophy and the uses of philosophy for educational objectives including critical and creative thinking, social democracy and ethical judgment.
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) is a support, resource-sharing and advocacy organisation for teachers, parents, philosophers and others involved in teaching philosophy in schools.
The Northwest Centre for Philosophy for Children is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the University of Washington Department of Philosophy. The Center brings philosophy into the lives of young people through its “Philosophers in the Schools” program and offers workshops, given by educators trained in philosophy, about ways to facilitate philosophical dialogues with young people.
The National Association of the Community of Inquiry (NAACI) sponsors semi-annual meetings for educators. It invites for membership all those who think there are problems with Philosophy for Children, and who would be willing to attempt to solve these problems. The focus is on community of inquiry and critical thinking. NAACI seeks outreach to like-minded groups, programs, and individuals and the establishment of platforms for presenting research outside of Philosophy for Children circles.
The Centre for the Advancement of Philosophy in Schools (CAPS) – in the Philosophy department of California State University, Long Beach – brings philosophy into K-12 classrooms as a way of introducing philosophical issues and critical thinking skills to young people.
Education to Empower is a non-profit organisation whose ‘Young Philosophers Program’ provides educators with tools and support to teach philosophy.
The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation For Critical Thinking, two sister educational non-profit organisations, work closely together to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.
The Society for Philosophical Inquiry (SPI) is a grassroots nonprofit organisation devoted to supporting philosophical inquirers of all ages as they become more empathetic and autonomous thinkers who take active part in creating a more deliberative democracy. Its members form and facilitate “democratic communities of philosophical inquiry”. Their gatherings which are named ‘Socrates Café’ or ‘Philosophers’ Club’, bring together people from diverse walks of life.
The Canadian Philosophical Association’s Philosophy in the Schools Project facilitates the sharing of strategies and contacts among all philosophers, teachers and officials who desire to make the school subject of philosophy available to the rest of children and youth across Canada.
SOPHIA is an open, cooperative Foundation for European teachers, philosophers, teacher educators and parents interested in the field of philosophy with children. The Foundation aims to improve European cooperation in advancing this field. It organises educational projects, conferences and workshops; develops training standards; and develops a European curriculum and related materials for philosophical inquiry with children.
The Austrian Center of Philosophy with Children (ACPC) promotes research in philosophy with children and advances the field in theory and practice. The ACPC runs the Institute of Philosophy with Children. Among other activites, the Center archives literature relating to Philosophy with Children and holds seminars, courses, symposia and conferences. It publishes a quarterly journal, ‘Info-Kinderphilosophie’.
Children and Youth Philosophers is a Norwegian Centre that promotes philosophy for children and offers information and resources on concepts like justice, knowledge, truth, responsibility, suffering, identity and freedom.