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But Why? Teacher's Manual Developing Philosophical Thinking in the Classroom by Sara Stanley, Stephen Bowkett

But Why? Teacher's Manual Developing Philosophical Thinking in the Classroom


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But Why? Teacher's Manual Developing Philosophical Thinking in the Classroom by Sara Stanley, Stephen Bowkett

The perfect introduction to philosophy for children (P4C), But Why? Provides everything you need to introduce philosophy into your classroom. And for those who are already doing P4C, it will provide a welcome source of fresh inspiration and new ideas. Why do philosophy in school? This work clearly has a very positive impact on children's work across the curriculum, giving them the confidence to speak and discuss ideas to a high level. - Ofsted report P4C has far-reaching benefits that touch all parts of the curriculum and every aspect of school life by: creating a climate for learning increasing motivation developing communication skills boosting creativity and imagination teaching moral citizenship developing confidence, self-esteem and emotional identification. Why But Why? But Why? offers a tried-and-tested approach that uses the character of Philosophy Bear to make philosophy accessible to even the very youngest children. As well as this manual, the teaching pack (sold seperately) includes: a mini Philosophy Bear four, beautifully illustrated picture books, written specifically for use in P4C. The manual is a highly practical guide that includes: how to run a successful P4C session using stories and other stimuli for P4C strategies that will lead to fruitful thinking inspiring case studies and examples a bank of games and activities integrating philosophy into the school involving parents.


Teaching philosophy... has a very positive impact on children's work across the curriculum, giving them confidence to speak and discuss ideas to a high level.--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Sara Stanley is an Advanced Skills teacher, specializing in philosophy, role play and literacy in the Foundation Stage. She is on Norfolk LEA's working party for early years publications in literacy and role play, and has contributed to the Conram Institute's Listening to Young Children project. Having studied under Karin Murris, Roger Sutcliffe and Joanna Haynes, Sara has practiced philosophy for children for many years and now delivers training with colleague Maria Cornish. Together they set up the East Anglian branch of the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE). Steve Bowkett taught English for 18 years in Leicestershire high schools, and is now a full-time writer, storyteller and educational consultant. To date he has 39 publications including short stories and poems for children and adults. Amongst his titles for Network Press are Imagine That..., Self-Intelligence, ALPS StoryMaker and StoryMaker Catch Pack.

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Publication date

25th October 2004


Sara Stanley, Stephen Bowkett

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Network Educational Press Ltd


175 pages


Teaching skills & techniques



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