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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?
2018 UNDERSTANDING ETHICS SEMINARS
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
• What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how
can this assist students in developing ethical
• 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
• 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 11 th May- To be announced
• Melbourne- Mon 14th May- Scotch College
• Sydney- Tues 15th May- M
t 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- S
acred Heart College
• Christchurch-Thurs 24th May- St Andrew’s College
Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes – 3.00 pm