The P4C (Philosophy for Children) training course is open to teachers and educators in post-primary. This two day Classroom Ready P4C course takes an experiential approach, whereby participants will have the opportunity to explore the key features of Philosophy with/for Children, and learn about facilitation tools and techniques that lead to fruitful philosophical inquiries. With advice and ideas for engaging students, curriculum planning and evaluation this course is especially useful for teachers or philosophers interested in the delivery of the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course and TY provision.
The underlying principle of P4C is for children and young people to experience rational and reasonable dialogue about things that matter to them and their teachers. All participants work together in a ‘community of enquiry’. The aim for each child is not to win an argument but to become clearer, more accurate, less self-contradictory and more aware of other arguments and values before reaching a conclusion. This course is ideal for teachers who have a background in philosophy and are interested in this teaching method or would like to introduce philosophy into their school.
Noel is a lecturer in Philosophy at the Department of Humanities, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s. His primary area of interest is the concept of love in philosophy and culture. Current areas of research include phenomenological psychology and the interconnections between philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature.
Marelle has a relentless passion for education and philosophy and has spent over a decade building philosophical enquiry into her teaching and curriculum. She is currently the Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and P4C Co-ordinator at Northwood College for Girls, London. Additionally, Marelle works as a teacher trainer for SAPERE, the UK based charity promoting the P4C pedagogy, and has many years’ experience in a wide range of educational and community settings, spanning all ages and abilities.