Philosophy for Children has been used successfully in global citizenship education in the UK for the last 20 years and is recommended in the Cambridge Primary Review Trust's report Sustainability and Global Understanding (2015-16):
'Many global learning resources share similar pedagogical approaches that involve active participation and discussion. Philosophy for Children (P4C), for example, uses a dialogical approach to learning and its popular resources include materials focused on global issues, looking at issues from different viewpoints and encouraging critical thinking.'
Helen Lawson's 2018 paper, Primary pupils’ attitudes towards and understandings of poverty, notes:
'Although there are recurring themes across the focus groups, a significant difference between the schools was in the quality of talk and of discussion. Those pupils in School C that are experienced in the teaching pedagogy Philosophy for Children (P4C), not only gave their peers the space to air their views, but also showed evidence of critical engagement and critical thinking. They actively listened to what their peers had to say, and constructively built on what had gone before, in addition to making their own contributions. The highest quality discussion occurred with pupils who were not only P4C trained, but were also able to offer diverse opinions, thoughts and feelings, drawing on personal background and experience. This finding is consistent with Ruane et al’s (2010) research, which suggested that transformative perspectives on learning enable children to engage critically with global justice issues through appropriate pedagogy. These findings also challenge the idea that children do not have the capacity to engage with tricky global citizenship topics because they are not ready. While this is a small piece of research, and other causal factors might be in play, the impact of P4C on pupils’ awareness and critical understandings of global issues is worth exploring in future research studies'.
Working in partnership with DECs
SAPERE P4C works in partnership with a number of the UK's Development Education Centres: