Philosophy in the (Gender and the Law) Classroom

Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 38 (1):1-16 (2017)
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This article reflects on the ‘Philosophy and Gender’ project, which introduced the pedagogical technique known as the ‘Community of Inquiry’ into an undergraduate Gender and the Law course at the University of Western Australia. The Community of Inquiry is a pedagogy developed by Matthew Lipman in the discipline of Philosophy that facilitates collaborative and democratic philosophical thinking in the context of teaching philosophy in schools. Our project was to see if this pedagogy could advance two objectives in Gender and the Law at undergraduate level: ‘reflexive thinking’ and ‘standpoint thinking’. We conclude that the Communities of Inquiry had a significant influence on the development of ‘reflexive thinking’ but appeared to have limited influence on the development of ‘standpoint thinking’. Here we provide a practitioner reflection on an exploratory new approach to teaching in a tertiary setting, with a view to setting an agenda for more systematic research in the future.



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Thinking in Education.Matthew Lipman - 1992 - British Journal of Educational Studies 40 (2):187-189.
Philosophy in the classroom.Matthew Lipman - 1980 - Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Edited by Ann Margaret Sharp & Frederick S. Oscanyan.
Thinking in Education.Matthew Lipman - 2003 - British Journal of Educational Studies 51 (3):303-305.

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