Transforming pedagogy through philosophical inquiry

Gilbert Burgh
University of Queensland
This study explored the impact of implementing Philosophy, in the tradition of 'Philosophy for Children', on pedagogy. It employed an experimental design that included 59 primary teachers. The experimental group received an intervention of training in Philosophy and the comparison group received training in Thinking Tools (graphic organisers), a subset of the Philosophy training. Lessons were coded on variables of pedagogy, across the two groups, at three time-points. Teacher interviews were conducted to gather participants' perspectives. Between group analysis of variance on several measures of pedagogy revealed that Philosophy significantly broadened teachers' pedagogical repertoire.
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