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ERIC Number: EJ1005654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Community in the Classroom: An Approach to Curriculum and Instruction as a Means for the Development of Student Personal Engagement in a High School Classroom
Jones, Tammy
Educational Perspectives, v44 n1-2 p58-64 2012
NCLB has created a climate where teachers feel increasingly pressured to ensure their students pass the test, with the result that they allocate less time for purposeful and authentic learning experiences (Kohn, 2004). Thus, rote memorization is favored over inquiry. Teachers must aim to create a classroom environment that recognizes and values students' genuine thoughts, questions, and ideas. They should aim to provide them with opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings and to learn to work with others in a constructive way. Philosophy for Children (P4C) is at the core of the author's approach to teaching. P4C is a curriculum approach created by Matthew Lipman, a professor of philosophy at Columbia University, as an attempt to "improve children's reasoning abilities by having them think about thinking as they discuss concepts of importance to them." P4C has become an important part of her teaching philosophy and allows student to engage thoughtfully and regularly within an intellectually safe classroom community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001