ERIC Number: EJ1108289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Quality Education in Africa: Introducing Philosophy for Children to Promote Open-Mindedness
Ndofirepi, A. P.
Africa Education Review, v9 suppl 1 pS26-S40 2012
This paper presents a theoretical argument for the introduction of Philosophy for Children (P4C) in schools for the realization of quality education in Africa. While I acknowledge that there is a multiple range of attributes of quality education, I isolate open-mindedness as a value that strives to prepare learners to engage in inquiry and equip them to reason and nurture them into critical, development-oriented citizens. To show the connections between open-mindedness and philosophy with children in the 21st century Africa, I draw upon Bertrand Russell and William Hare (2004) on the one hand and Matthew Lipman (1988) on the other. I submit a case for a Philosophy for Children programme in schools as one fertile site for the dialogue between theory and practice in the enhancement of quality educational reform.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Consciousness Raising, Philosophy, Personality Traits, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Social Justice, Inquiry, Childrens Rights
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Africa
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