Connecting P4wC Practitioners and researchers
From around the world
ICPIC connects its members with other P4wC practitioners and researchers from around the world. It is a valuable means of keeping in touch with our growing global community and of showing real commitment to the endeavor of bringing philosophical inquiry into classrooms and beyond. By joining ICPIC, members get a chance to think globally while acting locally, gaining access to networks and resources, and participating in conference seminars and research projects.
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ICPIC IN ACTION
Countries practicing Philosophy for/with Children…
The ACPC was set up in 1985 to promote research in Philosophy for Children and to advance the field in theory and practice. The institute provides a variety of services to prepare teachers to facilitate philosophical inquiry with their students, develops and publishes curriculum materials and is a philosophical counseling as well as a documentary center. It promotes education and advanced training for children, youth and adults; consults pedagogical institutions; writes project descriptions; creates and promotes workshop and procedure documentation. All its research projects are publicized for the benefit of practitioners.
Since 2007, the Akademie Kinder Philosophieren has offered continuing education courses for educational professionals on how to philosophize with children and adolescents Together with its participants and institutional partners from education, businesses and politics, the organization develop new, creative approaches to the implementation of P4wC in day care centers and schools as well as in higher education institutions. The organization views philosophy not only as a cultural technique that can be learned but also as a basic human need.
The Big Thinkers P4C Centre offers workshops and seminars on the development of logical, creative and ethical thinking through training strategies, philosophical consulting and endless didactic supports. We conduct training in the Philosophy for/with Children program for children as well as their teachers and parents.
The CdRF (Comunità di Ricerca Filosofica Associazione di Promozione Sociale) was born in 2016 from a network of educators and teaching professionals trained in P4wC and Community of Philosophical Inquiry by Fulvio Manara (1958-2016), professor of social pedagogy at the University of Bergamo. Our mission is to spread the knowing and practice of P4wC/CPI in different contexts, supporting the work of our associates in promoting the practice in schools, communities, universities etc., and to train teachers and other education professionals.
CECAPFI (Centro Educativo para la Creación Autónoma en Prácticas Filosóficas) is a center for development, teaching and innovation in philosophical practices in Mexico, Mexico. CECAPFI is composed of five areas: a) schools: we offer diploma courses of different types, run trainings in P4wC and work with educational institutions; b) world: we offer philosophical consultation, philosophy for organizations, philosophical coffees; c) editorial: our printing press specialized in philosophical practices; d) research institute: our research projects in philosophical practice; e) links: our ontact with colleagues and professionals from around the world.
The Centro de Filosofía para niños was established as a non-profit association in 1992 with the aim of disseminating the philosophical and pedagogical works of Matthew Lipman and Ann M. Sharp in Spain. Since it has offered training and support for teaching staff, as well as produced an abundant of research studies and pedagogical materials adapted to the needs of its context. The Center is mainly made up of teachers and other education professionals, artists, staff of various institutions and groups and graduate students, who all contribute to giving life to this beautiful collective project.
CIREP is a non-for-profit organization based in San Bellino, Italy. Our interest is aimed at children and adults in different contexts of educational experience. Our pilot project was born with the aim of promoting the development of Philosophy for/with Children. We collaborate with departments of different universities across the country and in the world, in particular with the University of Padua (FISPPA – Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology departments).
Colegio NWL helps students build their own knowledge and develop life skills. Its classrooms are dynamic spaces where actions are generated to positively impact children’s reality today. The school uses Philosophy for/with Children to favour higher-order thinking, with the fundamental objective of learning to think collaboratively to make better decisions that transform everyday contexts for the better. Through the use of digital educational platforms and innovative pedagogical resources, the school facilitates the acquisition of knowledge through challenging projects that develop students’ competences for the future.
Espacio Filosofía para Niñxs is a civil association dedicated to the promotion, defense and diffusion of the philosophy for and with children. Our work focuses on teacher training, research and the production of both theoretical and classroom materials. With these projects, we seek to encourage a more reflective form of education, which includes philosophical dialogue as a daily practice in the classroom.
The Ethics Olympiad promotes respectful, creative and rigorous discussion of ethics among students within and across school communities. An Ethics Olympiad is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyse and discuss real-life, and timely, ethical issues. It differs from a debate in that students are not assigned opposing views rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively about the cases in question. Experience shows that the event encourages and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, international engagement, and an appreciation for diverse points of view.
FAPSA, or the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations, is an umbrella organization supporting the interests of its nine affiliated associations (Australian Capital Territory, Hong Kong, New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Singapore, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia). Through professional development and advocacy initiatives, FAPSA seeks to enrich and expand philosophy education in primary and secondary schools in Australasia. FAPSA hosts a biennial conference and administers the Philosothon Project, which is supported by a grant from Templeton Religion Trust.
GrupIREF is a non-profit association based in Catalonia that promotes the Filosofia 3/18 curriculum. This P4wC program incorporates creates new and supplementary materials, paying special attention to the arts as a path to knowledge. Recognized by the Department of Education of Catalonia, it can organize teacher training courses, provide training for teacher trainers, and endorse research projects. GrupIREF also collaborates with many local and regional institutions.
The main purpose of IFILNOVA (Instituto de Filosofia da Nova) is to develop research programs focused upon human action and value construction at the ethical, political and aesthetic levels. In order to achieve these goals, IFILNOVA develops research programs on the theme of values, normativity of rules and argumentation aimed at the study, development and investigation of philosophical theories and their application to social practices and problems. Within such a framework, IFILNOVA has achieved national excellence and international acknowledgement in areas such as argumentation theory, pragmatics, and history of philosophy.
Located in Argenteuil, France, The IPP, or Institute of Philosophical Practices, was founded by philosopher Oscar Brenifier and researcher Isabelle Millon to promote the development of philosophy in the city and as a pedagogical tool in schools. The purpose is to learn and practice how to think for oneself and to think with others. Philosophizing comes to signify a way to be initiated to the construction of thought, to critical analysis and to dialogue.
The Israeli Centre for Philosophy in Education (ICPE) advances Philosophy for/with Children in Israel. The Center provides professional development programs for teachers, social change agents and institutions (schools and non-for-profit organizations) in such areas as P4wC and pedagogies of engagement. It is a project of the non-for-profit Topaz-Leading Social and Educational Innovation. The refrain “Philosophy for Life” carries the Centre’s commitment to linking inquiry with the question “How ought we live?” and to the practical implications of our reflective inquiries for our lives.
Ths Israeli Academic Forum for Philosophy with/for Children at the Faculty of Education in the University of Haifa (Israel) headed by Dr. Arie Kizel organizes conferences, activities and initiatives in Israel. The forum cultivates Philosophy with/for Children seminars and courses aiming to promote a dialogical and democratic spirit in the educational system in Israel. It is responsible for professional development of teachers and practitioners in the Jewish and Arab sectors, and operates a large number of research projects. Since 2018, it awards a special prize for excellent academic research projects.
Kinderphilosophy is an Australian organization that is passionate about providing opportunities for children to be quality thinkers. It runs P4wC workshops to support teachers in developing critical and creative inquiry methods in their teaching practice, inspired by the consistent body of evidence over several decades that demonstrates the educational benefits of P4wC for children. Kinderphilosophy is nationally endorsed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority to provide registered professional development accredited courses.
Les Petites Lumières is an organization encouraging the discovery of stronger questioning, deeper thinking and better reasoning. It was founded in 2014 by Chiara Pastorini. Its approach, which combines philosophical discussions and artistic activities, can be defined as “holistic” since the child is considered as a whole person, his mind and his body constituting a singular indivisible being. The organization promotes the development of philosophy in schools and in the city; it also offers trainings and support for teachers and other education professionals.
Penser/Ouvrir d’Asphodèlel is an association that works toward the development of philosophy for all in the city. The team is involved in the facilitation of philosophical discussion in schools, informal education, arts and culture, and introductory and continuing education contexts. The organization aims to develop critical thinking and creative thinking in a supportive atmosphere, working to raise awareness of thought processes by promoting cooperation, openness and empowerment.
Philolab is a French association whose statutory purpose is to encourage the renewal and development of the teaching and practice of philosophy as a school of freedom. It was founded in Issy-les-Moulineaux in April 2006 by Jean-Pierre Bianchi. Insofar as philosophy builds the intellectual tools necessary to be able to analyze and understand essential concepts like justice, dignity and freedom, it helps to develop independent thinking and judgment skills and stimulates critical faculties essential to understanding the world and questioning its problems it poses.
Philosophy Ireland is an invitation to the people of Ireland (whatever their age, and whoever they are) to think, enquire, and reflect—to get philosophizing! Founded in 2015, the organization’s mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland is a consortium of academics, schoolteachers and community stakeholders concerned with the introduction of philosophy into Irish schools and society.Its primary ambition is to raise awareness about the educational significance of philosophy, both as a history of ideas and as a method of inquiry.
The Philosothon Project offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to engage in philosophical and ethical discussions as part of a “Community of Philosophical Inquiry.” It uses the P4wC model to help children develop higher oder thinking and communication skills. A Philosothon is concerned with big questions at the edge of science and reason: each participating school selects five to eight students to explore philosophical and ethical issues orally, with the aim is to collectively come to a conclusion about the issue. Since 2007, the event has grown to include many hundreds of schools around Australasia.
Project MARFIL (Marginality and Philosophy for/with Children) is an interdisciplinary project of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Minuto de Dios University Corporation (UNIMINUTO) in Bogotá, Colombia. The project encourages the construction of new and better ways of life through philosophical education and social creativity. It brings together students and professionals who are passionate about promoting dialogical spaces in which participants strengthen their creative, critical and ethical capacities.
P4C China is an internationally accredited training organization offering in-school and public P4wC training to international and government schools across Greater China. Their mission is to encourage stronger questioning, deeper thinking and better reasoning in students through P4wC. The organization is based in Shanghai and delivers courses in both Chinese and English.
The University of the Azores is located in the Archipelago of the Azores, in the Atlantic North, and is organized into three campus areas located on different islands (S. Miguel, Terceira and Faial). Since 2006, the Philosophy Department has developed P4wC projects and conferences, and has offered P4wC courses and training. In 2016, the University started a P4C Masters Program (b-learning), the only one in the country and one of the few in the world. The program’s students live in different parts of Portugal, as well as in other countries like Brazil, Argentina and even China.
Philosophy for Children New Zealand (P4CNZ) is an associate of the Australasian Federation of Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). The organization provides professional development for teachers around New Zealand in introductory and advanced workshops which conform to FAPSA standards. It also creates and gathers local P4wC classroom materials for the use of our members. It promotes philosophical inquiry with young people whenever and wherever possible!
SAPERE, or the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, is an internationally recognised educational charity that promotes Philosophy for/with Children, known as P4wC. Founded in 1992, its mission is to train teachers in P4wC, which encourages children to think critically, creatively, collaboratively and caringly. The organization is committed to helping children, particularly those facing disadvantage, to become lifelong learners.
Socratic Solutions provides practical support for teachers, students and school administrators. Assistance is provided to schools interested in developing collaborative, creative and critical thinking skills. We present stimulating seminars for teachers and students. We develop useful and engaging resources to use in the classroom and we provide a consultancy service for schools wanting to improve their students’ skills in critical reasoning, creativity and collaboration.
The aim of SOPHIA is the advancement of doing philosophy with children in Europe as well as European cooperation in the field of P4wC, especially tightening cultural links between European countries. The Foundation realizes its aims by organizing an annual meeting with host organizations around Europe, creating opportunities for educational projects that are of special importance for mutual relationships between European countries, facilitating exchanges between European scholars and students in the area of philosophical inquiry with children, and cooperating with other institutions and universities.
Teaching Children Philosophy is an online platform that aims to support the teaching of philosophy in schools, especially at the elementary school level. The website presents tools to help teachers and parents discuss even the most mind-boggling questions with their children. It features a set of children’s books that are remarkable for their philosophical content, alongside assembled questions that can be used to initiate a philosophical discussion.
The Searching for Telos project seeks to offer opportunities for children to engage in communities of philosophical inquiry in Detroit, Michigan in an effort to create the mental habits that enable children to acquire knowledge, reason well, and form sound judgments for themselves. The organization offers workshops in the P4wC method, engaging in conversations with children that will increase their reasonableness, encourage thoughtful decision-making and strengthen their academic success.
Founded in 2007, The Philosophy Foundation conducts philosophical enquiry in schools, communities and workplaces. Our mission is to bring understanding, wisdom and eudaimonia (flourishing) to the heart of education for children and adults. By doing philosophy, beneficiaries learn to think better, act more wisely and thereby help to improve their educational opportunities, as well as the quality of their and others’ lives. All our philosophy teachers hold a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. We are committed to promoting a high standard of philosophical understanding and practice within the P4wC community and philosophy done in schools.
Thinking Space promotes philosophical dialogue and enquiry. We work with universities, communities and businesses creating space for people to talk and think together. The organization works in lots of different ways depending on the particular needs of our partner organisations. Though they might look very different, all of our projects share a common goal: to build communities of philosophical enquiry where the thinking that takes place is critical and creative whilst also being caring and collaborative.
TPO Foundation, or the Transcultural Psychosocial Educational Foundation, advocates for gender equality, dialogue and peace through partnership with civil society, academic institutions and government. It stands for freedom of consciousness and thought, regardless of identity or affiliation. Bridging the gap between academic and activist, governmental and non-governmental and religious and non-religious world views, TPO is a leading organization in inclusive approaches to education for peace, gender equality and leadership.
The University of Naples Federico II is a public university that offers educational training at BA, Masters and PhD levels, as well as specialization and professional development. Established in 2006 and offered every year, the training course in Philosophy for/with Children introduces teachers across levels to methodological and didactic tools dedicated to thinking education based on the participatory approach of the Community of Philosophical Inquiry to promote critical, creative, caring and cosmopolitan thinking.
The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children is dedicated to introducing philosophy to children and youth in schools and elsewhere. We use children’s literature and a wide range of activities to inspire exploration of life’s essential questions. In existence since 1996, the Center’s work includes a “Philosophers in the Schools Program;” workshops for teachers; parent education; hosting the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl; university courses, graduate fellowships, and a Certificate of Mastery in philosophy for/with children; and serving as a host and resource for international scholars.
Inspired by the Philosophy for/with Children movement, the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) promotes critical and creative thinking among young people. We believe that learning philosophy opens students’ minds to big ideas. We support teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically—through training, networking and curriculum development.
Viterbo University offers the course “Philosophy for Education and the Role of Philosophy for Children,” which explores the philosophical assumptions behind different theories and methods of education, paying close attention to how views of education have developed and changed over the last few centuries. In addition to exploring fundamental questions surrounding the nature and purpose of education, the course also examines the potential value of philosophy for K-12 education. The last few weeks of the course are dedicated to understanding some of the current debates surrounding education.
Become a member…
1. Personal membership
is for individual people.
It offers you a means of being part of something bigger, aligning yourself with an international community that supports educational and social change around the world. You will join a global movement of passionate colleagues who are committed to bringing philosophical inquiry to education and childhood.
25.00€ standard annual rate
15.00€ discounted annual rate
(for students and those without a regular income)
BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS:
✓ Exchange resources with colleagues
✓ Share your P4wC publications (articles, books & journals)
✓ Seek help from skilled practitioners and theorists
✓ Collaborate on projects with others who love P4wC
✓ Celebrate your achievements with a global community
✓ Find members with similar interests in your region
✓ Post and receive emails through the members listserv
✓ Communicate with other members in a secure space(direct messaging through the members area)
✓ Be an active part of the worldwide ICPIC community (online discussion groups in the members area)
2. Organizational membership
is for centers and institutions.
It provides both non-for-profit and for-profit organizations with a way of showing their commitment to the larger purposes and values of Philosophy for/with Children as an educational social movement, and of expressing their responsibility to the growth of P4wC at a global level.
50.00€ standard annual rate
(for established organizations of 100+ members with incomes that balance their expenses)
30.00€ discounted annual rate
(for developing organizations that are not yet financially self-sufficient with less than 100 members)
BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS:
✓ Showcase your projects and achievements on our international online platform
✓ Inform colleagues of your upcoming events through news posts on our website
✓ Gain global visibility by appearing in the organizational members section of our website
✓ Connect your own members to the wider P4wC world
✓ Enhance your status with local authorities through participation in a global network endorsed by UNESCO
✓ Provide potential partners and funders with “proof of concept”—that is, evidence of P4wC effectiveness based on sound research conducted internationally through both theoretical and empirical studies that you may not have the resources to do on your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long do ICPIC memberships last?
A: Both the personal and the organizational memberships are for one year starting from the date of registration until the same date the following year.
Q: Why should I become an ICPIC Member?
A: As an ICPIC member, you will not only be showing support for our work in philosophical inquiry with children but also be joining a global community of practitioners, researchers and advocates who share your commitment to this important cause. You will also be gaining access to a members-only area that includes a membership directory, online communities of practice and research groups working in philosophical inquiry with young people, and direct messaging with other members. Member organizations extend their visibility by being listed on the ICPIC website and can apply to ICPIC to obtain endorsement for conferences and training programs according to our criteria.
Q: Can individual ICPIC members advertise their P4wC events?
A: Personal memberships allow members to share information through the member listserv and online discussion groups but not for advertise an organization’s events on the website. To do so, the organization must itself be a member of ICPIC.
Q: What kind of ICPIC membership should I choose if I run a P4wC business as a one-person show?
A: If you run a P4wC enterprise—for profit or non-for-profit—you do effectively count as an organization, even if it is a small one. You will need an organizational membership for your business (so you can share what it is doing and planning) as well as a personal membership for your own interactions as an individual member of the global ICPIC community. As a small enterprise, you can take advantage of the discounted rate for developing organizations and take comfort in knowing that for this small financial outlay, your organization will get high exposure it may otherwise have found difficult to achieve.
Q: While my organization gives me autonomy to engage in P4wC, they are not themselves committed to P4wC as an institution so I have never established what I am doing at an institutional level. Should I get both an organizational and personal membership?
A: While you may be the driving force behind the projects you have created, your institution is still involved—for example, whether it is a university or a school, they are legally implicated in anything that might go wrong with your work. So while they may not share your passion for P4wC, since they are enabling you to do this work, it is worth acknowledging these efforts through an organizational membership that that increases their visibility.
Q: What do I do if I have technical issues with my ICPIC membership?
A: We are happy to provide you with technical support! Just email us using the contact form below explaining the issue you are having and including your user log-in details.