ERIC Number: EJ1041523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Philosophy, Art or Pedagogy? How Should Children Experience Education?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n11 p1258-1269 2014
There are various programmes currently advocated for ways in which children might encounter philosophy as an explicit part of their education. An analysis of these reveals the ways in which they are predicated on views of what constitutes philosophy. In the sense in which they are inquiry based, purport to encourage the pursuit of puzzlement and contribute towards creating democratic citizens, these programmes either implicitly rest on the work of John Dewey or explicitly use his work as the main warrant for their approach. This article explores what might count as educational in the practice of children "doing" philosophy, by reconsidering Dewey's notion of "experience". The educational desire to generate inquiry, thought and democracy is not lost, but a view that philosophy takes its impetus from wonder is introduced to help re-evaluate what might count as educational experience in a Deweyan sense.
Descriptors: Philosophy, Children, Experience, Teaching Methods, Educational Theories, Progressive Education, Inquiry, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Personality Traits
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