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American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy

Volume 3, 2017

Inclusive Pedagogies

Patrick Clipsham
Pages 109-128
DOI: 10.5840/aaptstudies2017112130

Using Small-Group Discussion Activities to Create a More Inclusive Classroom

This paper is meant to engage with philosophy teachers who are interested in creating a more inclusive environment by using small group discussion exercises. I begin this paper by describing the connections between the inclusive classroom and the collaborative classroom. I then articulate two learning goals that group discussion exercises can help students accomplish and define these learning goals as philosophical discovery and philosophical creation. Finally, I discuss a number of activities that encourage students to accomplish these learning goals in small groups and describe how the incorporation of these exercises has affected the inclusivity of my own classes.