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Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children

Volume 20, Issue 3/4, 2014

Janette Poulton
Pages 27-29
DOI: 10.5840/thinking2014203/45

Is There Any Future for P4C in Australia?

The future of Philosophy for Children depends upon at least two factors: shared values with the educational policies of the society in question, and valid and user-friendly tools for monitoring growth in this area. As teachers internalise the requirements of the Victorian Education system policy statements, the use of the pedagogy of the Community of Inquiry, P4C is being recognised as a particularly powerful tool for delivering the outcomes. In addition, appropriate tools for curriculum development, and for the assessment and monitoring of student progress (as critical, creative and caring thinkers) are being developed and circulated within the Department of Education. Thus we proceed with optimism and confidence