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ERIC Number: EJ1020747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Philosophy with Children: Talking, Thinking and Learning Together
Cassidy, Claire; Christie, Donald
Early Child Development and Care, v183 n8 p1072-1083 2013
Scotland's "Curriculum for Excellence" affords greater autonomy and flexibility to teachers and schools through advocating curriculum integration and experiential and active learning with greater emphasis on the processes of learning rather than detailed learning outcomes. It is in this context that the present article is grounded. This article explores children's participation in Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) with a specific focus on collaborative dialogue. Evidence is drawn from pupils' philosophical dialogues in classrooms in a range of primary school contexts. Although talk is vital for learning and development, not all talk is of equal educational value and there have been several attempts to classify different kinds of talk that emerge in classroom discussions. Through analysis of dialogues with children between the ages of 5 and 11, the article outlines key features of talk occurring in CoPI, highlighting aspects of meaningful talk through philosophy in the early stages of children's schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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