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Children Philosophize Worldwide: Theoretical and Practical Concepts
Author: Marsal, Eva, Takara Dobashi and Barbara Weber, eds. - Frankfurt: Peter Lang (2009)
Philosophizing for, with, and by children in a community of inquiry has proven to be an internationally successful learning strategy that enhances both the cognitive and emotional growth of children. Pioneering democratic programs for philosophizing with children now exist throughout the world. The work described in this book represents the latest research on theoretical concepts and applied projects within this field and brings together contributions from twenty-nine countries, representing all continents. The authors address questions on the theoretical foundation of Philosophy for Children, the application of philosophical methods, the community of inquiry, international and national didactical concepts as well as the evaluation of those concepts. A primary goal of this book is to enhance intercultural academic exchange and to encourage further research and practical work in this field.

Transforming Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Primary and Secondary Classroom
Author: Catherine C. McCall - Great Britian: Routledge (2009)
Essential reading for anyone who seeks to prepare active citizens for the twenty-first century, this long-awaited book considers Philosophical Inquiry, an empowering teaching method that can lead to significant improvements in confidence and articulacy, and produce positive effects in other school activities and in interactions in the wider world. Readers are guided through the creation of a Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CoPI) in the kindergarten, the classrooms of primary and secondary schools, the community centre and beyond, with practical ideas to make CoPI work. With examples ranging from five year old children to underachieving teenagers, and even senior citizens, the book shows how participation in a CoPI develops: the skills of reasoning, critical and creative thinking, concept formation and judgment, as well as the virtues of intellectual honesty and bravery.

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children’s Literature
Author: Thomas E. Wartenberg - Rowman & Littlefield (2009)
Big Ideas for Little Kids includes everything a teacher, a parent, or a college student needs to teach philosophy to elementary school children from picture books. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book explains why it is important to allow young children access to philosophy during primary-school education. Wartenberg also gives advice on how to construct a 'learner-centered' classroom, in which children discuss philosophical issues with one another as they respond to open-ended questions by saying whether they agree or disagree with what others have said.

Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology
Author: Steven M. Cahn - Oxford University Press (2008)
In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to moral philosophy, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich, balanced, and wide-ranging collection of fifty readings on ethical theory and contemporary moral issues. He has carefully edited all the articles to ensure that they will be exceptionally clear and understandable to undergraduate students.

Values Education in Schools: A Resource Book for Student Inquiry
Author: Freakley, Mark, Gilbert Burgh, and Lyne Tilt MacSporran - Melbourne, Australia: ACER Press, 2008
This is an important new resource for teachers involved in values and ethics education. It provides a range of 'practical philosophy' resources for secondary school teachers that can be used in English, religious education, citizenship, personal development, and social science subjects. The materials include narratives to engage students in philosophical inquiry, doing ethics through the activity of philosophy, not simply learning about it.

Writing To Reason: A Companion for Philosophy Students and Instructors
Author: Brian David Mogck - Wiley-Blackwell (2008)
Writing to Reason presents the principles of writing a clear and well-argued philosophy paper in an easily-referenced numerical format, which facilitates efficient grading and clearer communication between instructors and students.

Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists
Author: Susan Neiman - Harcourt (2008)
For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century.

Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings
Author: Julie C Van Camp, Jeffrey Olen, Vincent Barry - Wadsworth (2007)
Discover the ethical implications and issues surrounding today's most compelling social dilemmas--from genetic engineering and cloning to terrorism and the use of torture--with APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition.

Common Morality: Deciding What to Do
Author: Bernard Gert - Oxford University Press (2007)
Moral problems do not always come in the form of great social controversies. More often, the moral decisions we make are made quietly, constantly, and within the context of everyday activities and quotidian dilemmas. Indeed, these smaller decisions are based on a moral foundation that few of us ever stop to think about but which guides our every action.

More Philosophy for Teens: Examining Reality and Knowledge
Author: Paul Thomson, Ph.D., Sharon Kaye Ph.D. - Prufrock Press (2007)
Is knowledge the greatest virtue? What is it like to be somebody else? What if tomorrow never comes? Is the world around us real? Your students will be asking these challenging questions and more after reading and completing the activities in More Philosophy for Teens.


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