The Emergence of Philosophy for Children

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The intention of this paper will be to look at the emergence of Philosophy on the Scottish curricular landscape, particularly in the context of RME/RMPS. My intention is to look at Philosophy as National Qualification and Philosophical approaches as embedded in the subject variously described as RE, RME, RMPS.

Reference will also be made to the broader context in terms of the emergence of ‘thinking skills’ approaches to teaching and the potential opportunities Philosophy offers in this regard.

Findings will be based on a survey of schools and interviews with those most involved in teaching Philosophy. This will include teachers, HEI colleagues, HMIE, and SQA. There will also be a consideration of curricular guidelines for RME to assess the extent of any congruence with a Philosophical approach to the subject.

Research questions will address:
• the reception given to Philosophy
• the content of Philosophy programmes and varying approaches to the subject
• the place of Philosophy
• possible reasons for the emergence of Philosophy at this time

This will be the result of ongoing research and the emphasis will be on the results of field research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2006
EventScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006 - Perth, Perth, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Nov 20069 Nov 2006


ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Religious Education
  • Philosophy
  • Scotland


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