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Philosophy Stimulates Skills in Maths and Reading

Written by  Thursday, 13 August 2015 11:36

A study using the Philosophy for Children programme in primary schools has found that teaching basic philosophical thinking can help improve progress and results in maths and reading. 

The Philosophy for Children programme (P4C) is used in 3000 primary and secondary schools and provide support for teachers to facilitate discussions with pupils on a range of questions and topics. This included intriguing and discussion-provoking questions such as, "Why do men receive more sponsorship than women in tennis?" and "Should a healthy heart be donated to a person who has not looked after themselves?" as well as general discussion and thought surrounding current affairs and news stories.

 

Research  from Durham University has found that children, who were assessed before and after taking the philosophy programmes, saw improvement in reasoning skills and reading, with a larger impact on those from poorer backgrounds. 

 

 

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