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The Posthuman Child: Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks
Author: Karin Murris - Routledge (2016)
The Posthuman Child combats institutionalised ageist practices in primary, early childhood and teacher education. Grounded in a critical posthumanist perspective on the purpose of education, it provides a genealogy of psychology, sociology and philosophy of childhood in which dominant figurations of child and childhood are exposed as positioning child as epistemically and ontologically inferior. Entangled throughout this book are practical and theorised examples of philosophical work with student teachers, teachers, other practitioners and children (aged 3-11) from South Africa and Britain. These engage arguments about how children are routinely marginalised, discriminated against and denied, especially when the child is also female, black, lives in poverty and whose home language is not English. The book makes a distinctive contribution to the decolonisation of childhood discourses.

Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools
Author: Jana Mohr Lone and Michael D. Burroughs - Rowman & Littlefield (2016)
Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools is intended for philosophers and philosophy students, precollege classroom teachers, administrators and educators, policymakers, and pre-college practitioners of all kinds. This text book offers a wealth of practical resources and lesson plans for use in precollege classrooms, as well as consideration of many of the broader educational, social, and political topics in the field.

Something to Prove: philosophy, community of inquiry & creative thinking
Author: Andrea Monteath - (2015)
Something to Prove is an introduction to philosophical thinking, and the practice of community of inquiry. Researched and written specifically for young adults and their teachers, it pokes an exploratory finger into the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, political ideology, equality, culture, freedom, and more. The book employs contemporary story-telling techniques, informal language, and a fast-paced variety of hypothetical scenarios, all within the familiar framework of a textbook.

40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking: Philosophical Thought Adventures Across the Curriculum
Author: Peter Worley - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2015)
This new book by bestselling author and founder of The Philosophy Foundation Peter Worley is a collection of practical lesson and activity plans to use in the primary classroom to get children thinking philosophically and creatively around different curriculum areas. The sessions - called thought adventures - use thought experiments, stories and poems to get children discussing and understanding topics more deeply. Each session is explained step-by-step, with everything you need to 'do' and 'say' spelled out, and all the equipment you need listed with instructions on how to set up each session. You can implement the sessions in the classroom either as a complete lesson or as an activity within another lesson. All the sessions are tried and tested by Peter and his colleagues at The Philosophy Foundation who work with primary schools on a regular basis.

Provocations: Philosophy for Secondary School
Author: David Birch - Crown House (2014)
This book is ideal for teachers, whether they are P4C trained or just experimenting with philosophy. It will help teachers to present ideas and stimulate discussions which both accommodate and engage adolescent appetites.

Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction for Philosophers and Teachers
Author: Goering, Sara, Nicholas Shudak, and Thomas Wartenberg - New York: Routledge (2013)
Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction Philosophers and Teachers is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners who wish to learn about the philosophy for children movement, and how to work its principles into their own classroom activities. The volume provides a wealth of practical information, including how to train educators to incorporate philosophy into their daily lessons, best practices and activity ideas for every grade level, and assessment strategies.

A Sneetch is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children’s Literature
Author: Thomas E. Wartenberg - Wiley-Blackwell (2013)
Wartenberg discusses the philosophical ideas in classic Seuss stories, and provides parents with a practical starting point for discussing philosophical issues with their children. Accessible and multi-layered, it answers questions like, Is it okay for adults to deceive kids? What's the difference between saying the Mona Lisa is a great painting and vanilla is your favorite flavor? Each chapter includes illustrations commissioned especially for this book.

Philosophy and Education
Author: Lone, Jana Mohr and Roberta Israeloff, editors - Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012)
Are children natural philosophers? They are curious about the mysteries of the human experience and about questions such as the meaning and purpose of being alive and whether we can know anything at all. Pre-college philosophy takes as a starting point young people's inherent interest in large questions about the human condition. Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People seeks to illuminate the ways in which philosophy can strengthen and deepen pre-college education. The book examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people at different grade levels, including assessing what teachers need in order to teach philosophy in schools and describing several models for introducing philosophy into schools. Ways to inspire young students to explore specific branches of philosophy - ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic - through literature, thought experiments, and games and activities, as well as traditional philosophy texts, are described.

The Philosophical Child
Author: Jana Mohr Lone - Rowman & Littlefield (2012)
What does it mean to be good? Why do people die? What is friendship? Children enter the world full of questions and wrestle with deep, thoughtful issues, even if they do not always wonder them aloud. Many parents have the desire to discuss philosophical ideas with their children, but are unsure how to do so. The Philosophical Child offers parents guidance on how to gently approach philosophical questions with children of all ages. Jana Mohr Lone argues that for children to mature emotionally, they must develop their desire and ability to think abstractly

Plato Was Wrong! Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People
Author: David Shapiro - Rowman & Littlefield (2012)
This book is a compendium of lesson plans for classroom exercises designed to foster philosophical inquiry with young people. It introduces the reader to a wide range of activities for exploring philosophical questions and problems with children from preschool age through high-school.


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