Project:

This practical project aims to increase and support the role of philosophy in nursery, primary and secondary education by disseminating philosophy skills to teachers. It consists of two main strands:

Philosophy for Children

  • This strand is designed to support teachers who wish to deliver philosophy for children in schools, at nursery, primary, and lower secondary levels. Instruction is by practical workshops, delivered by Berys Gaut (Professor of Philosophy at St Andrews) and Morag Gaut (a Chartered Teacher with extensive experience at nursery and primary levels).

Philosophy Outreach Programme for Schools

  • This strand consists in online distance learning modules. It has been developed primarily to meet the Continuing Professional Development needs of teachers in Scottish primary, secondary, or further education who are (or wish to be) involved in the teaching of philosophy, but it is also open to interested non-teachers. This strand is run by Dr Lisa Jones, Principal Teaching Fellow at St Andrews. For further details see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/philosophy/pops/onlinemodules/

People:

  • Berys Gaut (St Andrews Philosophy)
  • Morag Gaut (Chartered Teacher)
  • Lisa Jones (St Andrews Philosophy)

Recent Developments and Plans:

Conferences:

  • The most recent Philosophy for Children workshop was held on 3 September 2016.
  • A Philosophy for Children conference is planned for October 2017, which will be primarily aimed at teachers, and will bring together national and international writers on philosophy for children.

Recent Publications: 

  • Berys Gaut: ‘Educating for Creativity’ in Elliot Samuel Paul and Scott Barry Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 265-87
  • Berys Gaut and Morag Gaut: ‘Teaching Philosophy to Young Children’ in Sara Goering, Nicholas J. Shudak and Thomas E. Wartenberg (eds.), Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction for Philosophers and Teachers, Routledge, 2013, pp. 132-40
  • Berys Gaut and Morag Gaut: Philosophy for Young Children: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2011)