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Here you will find details of recent developments and forthcoming events.

Developing group thinking measure test with mobile technology

Centre members Dr Taro Fujita and Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman have recently been awarded funding by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to look out further developing a group thinking measure with mobile technology. Collaborating with Professor  Mikio Miyazaki and Mr Koki Yui of Shinshu University.  The focus of this project is on understanding and assessing quality in collaborative group thinking in Japan and the UK.  Our studies to date have involved more than 300 students in the UK and about 90 students in Japan and the work has provided insights into effective collaborative group work (e.g. Wegerif,et al. in press,L&I).   This project will explore the hypothesis that adding interactivity, so that potential answers can be manipulated by students using their fingers, will help the group thinking process. This project will enable us to investigate the potential difference and added value of converting our test into something that can be done interactively by students on iPads/tablets of the kind that are increasingly available in schools.   

On 9 February 2017, some pupils at Bowhill Primary School who are taking part in the Philosophize project sessions arrived at school bright and early to be interviewed live by BBC Radio Devon.

Keane, Milo, Poppy, Finley, Katie, Amelia and Lana were asked their thoughts on the questions they've been thinking about in their philosophy sessions, such as "If you put your brain in a robot's body, would it still be you?".

Laura Kerslake, who set up the project, said "It's great to have philosophy students coming in from the University of Exeter to run these sessions, helping the children to think and talk together about big ideas".

The university outreach programme, the Annual Fund and the ESRC have all provided funding for Philosophize, allowing a number of local primary schools to take part and providing a great opportunity for students at the university to get experience of working in schools.

The sessions will run for six weeks, each with a different theme such as 'What is art?' and 'Can there be a world without numbers?'. Following the sessions, children from the five primary schools taking part will come to the University of Exeter for a children's academic-style conference where they get to share their ideas and experience university life. 

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Published report finds that teaching Philosophy for Children improves results in Maths and Literacy (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33464258)

Professor Rupert Wegerif asked to explain why on BBC Radio Devon:

 

Details of visiting speakers to the Centre will be detailed here shortly.