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ERIC Number: EJ1005651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Philosophy for Children Kenyan Style
Odierna, Rebecca
Educational Perspectives, v44 n1-2 p46-50 2012
It was the last day of Philosophy 492, the author's college course dedicated to teaching the principles and strategies of philosophy for children (p4c) Hawai'i. Months before she joined the Philosophy 492 class, she was asked to join Emerging Humanity as a volunteer in a project that focused on enhancing the classroom environments at the organization's partner schools throughout the Nyanza Province of Kenya. It was not shocking to hear that many of Kenya's rural students are failing school. As an aspiring teacher she was intrigued by the educational philosophy of p4c that focused on student dialogue in communities of inquiry. Throughout the semester, she participated in p4c communities in college level classes and joined in p4c discussions at a local high school. The experience provided clear evidence to her that this kind of instruction worked in practice. The change in the classroom dynamic and the shift in the girls' attitudes during her stay was enough to satisfy her and leave her with the feeling that her time and efforts in Kenya were all worthwhile.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; Kenya