Philosophy Park: A beginner's guide to great philosophers and their ideas introduces students in the upper primary years to influential ideas of some of the world's most famous philosophers-both ancient and modern-through conversations between a cast of colourful characters in a vibrant, modern-day park.
Children first learn about each philosopher, and then read a story that unpacks a key philosophical debate, before reflecting, analysing and discussing the ideas in class.
Some of questions explored in Philosophy Park include:
To assist in this process, an accompanying Teacher Resource provides carefully constructed topic questions, activities and exercises that are designed to extend student thinking and guide classroom discussion and debate.
Working in this way will help children to develop the art of Critical and Creative Thinking-a core requirement and 'general capability' in the Australian Curriculum.
Dr. Philip Cam is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales. A sought-after presenter and prolific author in ethics and philosophy, Philip is President of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations.