Lesson ideas for a popular book with English Literature classes for pupils aged 11-14.
DIALOGUE AND EXTENDED discussion play an important part in cognitive and social development. However, it is apparent that such verbal activity is often neglected in mathematics classrooms. There are a number of reasons for this:
1. The mistaken view that mathematics is an instrumental activity.
2. The lack of subject expertise on the part of the teacher
Philosophical inquiry aims to develop a community of enquiry in which individuals are respected and their ideas are considered with care. At the same time there is an ethos of questioning, exploration and the search for truth and meaning. The medium of inquiry is a combination of constant questioning and conceptually-rich dialogue. Regular inquiry will have benefits in many subject areas when pupils are expected to think for themselves and explore meaning. In all subjects, philosophical inquiry will encourage higher levels of curiosity, collaboration and conversation.