On 18th – 19th March 2019 the National stem Learning Centre (UK), will host a 2 day event to explore philosophical dialogue in science education. The aim of the meeting is to share and reflect on approaches to doing philosophy in science education, and research on doing philosophy in science education:

A growing number of science educators are doing philosophy with children as they learn science. Philosophical questions can ignite students’ interests in science and expand their perspectives on science, reality and society.

The philosopher Matthew Lipman observed that philosophical inquiry stimulates critical and creative thinking among students, and recent research has found a positive impact of doing philosophy on a range of outcomes for children.

In the context of science education, philosophical dialogue may contribute to the discussion of big ideas such as substance, classification, the nature of science and ethically or culturally sensitive issues arising in the science class such as the theory of evolution or sexuality.

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