Four Books by Center Staff in 2012
The Philosophical Child by Jana Mohr Lone (Rowman & Littlefield), which considers children’s philosophical potential and explores ways that parents and other adults can recognize and stimulate philosophical conversations about children's questions, describing a wide variety of resources for generating philosophical inquiry with children.
Plato Was Wrong! Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People by David Shapiro (Rowman & Littlefield), a compendium of activities, exercises, and games he has developed for exploring philosophical questions in the classroom and beyond.
Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People co-edited by Jana Mohr Lone and Roberta Israeloff (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), which examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people at different grade levels, including assessing what teachers need in order to teach philosophy and describing several models for introducing philosophy into schools. Ways to explore specific branches of philosophy—ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic—through literature, thought experiments, and games and activities, as well as traditional philosophy texts, are described. The book’s final section considers student assessment and program evaluation, and analyzes the contributions pre-college philosophy can make to education in general.
Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction for Philosophers and Teachers co-edited by Sara Goering, Nicolas Shudak and Thomas Wartenberg (Routledge), a resource for students and practitioners who wish to learn about the philosophy for children movement, and how to work its principles into their own classroom activities. The volume provides a wealth of practical information, including how to train educators to incorporate philosophy into their daily lessons, best practices and activity ideas for every grade level, and assessment strategies.