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Internationaal seminar in Leuven: Flexible Minds – philosophize with pupils about difficult religious and political topics

6 mei 2016


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Op zaterdag 21 mei is in er in het Belgische Leuven een internationaal seminar over filosoferen en spreken met kinderen en jongeren (6 tot 10 jaar) over moeilijke maatschappelijke, religieuze en politieke onderwerpen. Het is een gratis Engelstalig seminar, maar je moet je wel tevoren registreren.



For many years now, the practice of philosophy for children (P4C) has proven to be of great pedagogical value for children and teachers in schools throughout the world. Many scholars and researchers have pointed out what competencies children from ages 5 to 18 can acquire in a school that has a ‘P4C’-policy. Social skills such as learning to listen and to speak out well and critical thinking skills such as arguing, structuring and conceptualizing are intensively trained and help the children to become more critical, social and democratic citizens.

In today’s multicultural society, the diversity of languages and of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds is a reality in every classroom. The sometimes very different ways that students have of looking at the world causes teachers, managers and educational policymakers to rethink the very roots of their educational system and their educational habits. Political ideas and ideologies, Muslim, Christian and other religious convictions that children bring to the classroom challenge teachers not only to rethink their own assumptions but also to be creative and effective in discovering new teaching methods. Here, exercises in critical thinking and philosophizing can be of great value.

In this seminar, you are invited to experience, study and compare three different (cultural) styles of facilitating a critical thinking / philosophical dialogue in the classroom. You will get the chance to participate in three different workshops and share your opinions in the plenary debate. Throughout the day, we will concentrate on issues where critical thinking is not evident. The purpose is to inspire your own practice in the classroom and to enlarge the international network of interested teachers / facilitators.

Target group: Teachers of pupils from 6-20y old, students in teacher’s training, educational policymakers, (practical) philosophers, managers, all others interested…

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09:00 – 09:30 registration
09:30 – 09:45 welcome by Dr. Griet Galle (Institute of Philosophy)
09:45 – 10:30
(3 x 15)
Ann Pihlgren, Yahya Gaedi and Kristof Van Rossem on ‘Why philosophy with children?’
10:30 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 first of 3 workshops

  • Yahya Gaedi: how to philosophize on the concept of God or on religion?
  • Ann Pihlgren: how to do a Socratic seminar about difficult political topics?
  • Kristof Van Rossem: how to do P4C in a Socratic style with ‘convinced’ pupils?
12:00 – 13:30 lunch break : lunch in Leuven city
13:30 – 14:45 second of 3 workshops
14:45 – 15:45 third of 3 workshops
15:45 – 16:45 plenary session : meta-discussion
16:45 closing of the seminar by Prof. dr. Ellen Claes (Faculty of Social Sciences)
17:00 reception



Kard. Mercierzaal of the Institute of Philosophy
Kard. Mercierplein 2, 3000 Leuven

The seminar is free of cost, but registration is necessary.

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