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P4C (Philosophy for Children) Training at Carlow College

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Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is holding a P4C (Philosophy for Children) training course open to teachers and educators in post primary on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of May from 9am – 3.45pm. Marelle Rice from Philosophy Ireland and Carlow College Philosophy Lecturer Dr Noel Kavanagh will facilitate the tailored training taking place over the course of the two days. The cost for the two day course is €90 per person.

This two day Classroom Ready P4C course takes an experiential approach, whereby participants will have the opportunity to explore the key features of Philosophy with/for Children, and learn about facilitation tools and techniques that lead to fruitful philosophical inquiries. With advice and ideas for stimulus selection, curriculum planning and evaluation this course is especially useful for teachers or philosophers interested in the delivery of the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course and TY provision.

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.

This course is ideal for teachers who have a background in philosophy and are interested in this teaching method or would like to introduce philosophy into their school.

This course is now full. To be added to our waiting list please contact Dr Noel Kavanagh at





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