Philosophy For Children

Instructor Name: 
Brian Elliott
Course Description: 

Philosophy for Children (P4C) programs promote the development of critical thinking, metacognition (thinking about thinking), and ethical and social responsibility through philosophical inquiry. In the P4C capstone, students will learn about best practices in P4C and discuss the practical and philosophical issues of teaching philosophy to K-12 students. Course work will include researching and developing P4C activities and materials, collaborating with Portland-area teachers, leading K-12 student discussion on philosophical themes, and documenting activities. Portland State University also hosts the Oregon High School and Middle School Ethics Bowl in February. Students in the capstone have opportunities to participate in organizing the event and to help high school students prepare for the competition.