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2018 FAPSA Conference

The Future of Philosophy in Schools

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia: 9 – 11 July 2018.

What was once called Philosophy for or with Children (P4C) has grown, developed and transformed over the last forty years. Based on the idea of philosophy as praxis, championed by Matthew Lipman at the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children in the USA, what is now called philosophy in schools incorporates philosophical inquiry in the classroom, reflective education and Socratic dialogue through the use of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) methodology. The biennial FAPSA Conference will be held in beautiful, historic Fremantle, Western Australia in July, 2018. The Conference theme asks: What is the Future of Philosophy in Schools?

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At this day-long seminar and workshop we will explore ethical theories and see how these theories apply to issues around human rights and responsibilities, animal rights, environmental issues and global justice. We will help teachers develop strategies and resources to enable their students to gain an ethical understanding as they interrogate issues through authentic cases such as global warming, sustainable living and socioeconomic disparity. Various ways to foster group inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and co-operative teamwork will be explored.

•        What is a Philosothon and how do students develop ethical understandings through involvement?

•        How can we teach normative ethical theories i.e Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism in a way that fosters an ethical understanding in students?
•        What do these theories say about human rights issues, animal rights, environmental issues and issues around global justice?
•        What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can this assist students in developing ethical understandings?
•        What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for students to engage with other students around the world about important ethical issues?

•        I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?



       Gold Coast- Wed 2nd May – A.B Paterson College

•        Brisbane- Thurs 3rd May – Churchie

–        Townsville- Friday 4th May- St Patrick’s College

•        Perth – Tues 8th May – St Stephen’s School

•        Adelaide- Thurs. 10th May – Pembroke School

•        Darwin – Friday 11th May- Essington International School

•        Melbourne- Mon 14th May- Scotch College

•        Sydney- Tues 15th May- Mt St Benedict Centre

•        Canberra- Thurs 17th May- Radford College

•        Hobart-  Fri 18th May- Guilford Young College

•        Auckland-  Mon 21st May – King’s College

•        Wellington- Wed 23rd May- Sacred Heart College

•        Christchurch-Thurs 24th May- St Andrew’s College

Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes – 3.00 pm

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