28 Sept 2022

Carlow College, St Patrick's announces an upcoming course in Philosophy for Children

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Carlow College, St Patrick's

With the continued growth of philosophy as a junior cycle subject, Carlow College, St Patrick's has announced an upcoming course in Philosophy for Children (P4C).

The P4C method encourages students to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers, enabling them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future.

Mirelle Rice from Philosophy Ireland and Carlow College, St Patrick’s Philosophy Lecturer, Dr Noel Kavanagh will facilitate the tailored training over the course of the two days.

Taking an experiential approach, participants will have the opportunity to explore the key features of Philosophy with Children, learning about facilitation tools and techniques that lead to fruitful philosophical inquiries.

The course is open to teachers and educators in post-primary schools and is especially useful for teachers or philosophers interested in the delivery of the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course and TY provision.

P4C is a movement practised in over 60 countries around the world with a history stretching back over 40 years.

The underlying principle of P4C is for children and young people to experience rational and reasonable dialogue about things that matter to them and their teachers.

All participants work together in a "community of enquiry’" The aim for each child is not to win an argument but to become clearer, more accurate, less self-contradictory and more aware of other arguments and values before reaching a conclusion.

The course will be held on Thursday and Friday on May 30 and 31 from 9am – 3.45pm. 

For registration and further information please contact Carlow College, St Patrick’s on 059 915 3200 or email   

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