Philosophy For Children

Instructor Name: 
Alexander Sager
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 will also be hosting the first Oregon High School Ethics Bowl in January and the Philosophy for Children Capstone offers the opportunity for PSU students to organize the event and to serve as team coaches.