What are the benefits of learning to philosophise?
Positive Impact on Learning

Academic research supports the value of philosophical inquiry for young people.

 

Formal investigations demonstrate significant contribution to the development of :

  • Critical thinking

  • Creative thinking

  • Language proficiency

  • Mathematical reasoning

 

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an established approach going back to Matthew Lipman's endeavours in the early 1970s.

 

Key findings about P4C are summarised by the Society for Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE).

Skills for a Lifetime

At Young Philosophers, tutors skillfully facilitate group dialogue and deliberation. This supported process exercises vital, valued skills and attitudes:

  • Listening carefully

  • Articulating ideas clearly

  • Expressing oneself confidently

  • Collaborating well with peers 

  • Participating positively

  • Challenging assumptions and prejudices

  • Tolerating uncertainty

  • Being open-minded

  • Making sound judgements

Fun Exploration of Ideas

At Young Philosophers, curious minds gain cherished opportunities to examine life's big questions.

Stories and other stimuli provoke learners' thinking on topics that are relevant to their lives, have no simple answers and which have fascinated human beings for many generations. 

Together, learners generate deeper questions and discuss them with skillful guidance from the tutor.

 

Our lessons are not about finding solutions by following a prescribed method; they are about the process of working effectively together to get closer to better understandings, and to have fun in the process! 

Relevance to School Studies

Learning philosophical skills of inquiry in our courses is useful across school curricula.

It is particularly applicable to these school subjects:

  • General Studies (HK Primary)

  • Liberal Studies (HK Senior Secondary)

  • Global Perspectives (IGCSE)

  • Interdisciplinary Study (IB MYP)

  • Long-term Projects (IB MYP)

  • Theory of Knowledge (IBDP)

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