Developing Communities of Inquiry in the UK: Retrospect and Prospect

Costello, Patrick J (2010) Developing Communities of Inquiry in the UK: Retrospect and Prospect.


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My aim in this article is to offer a critical evaluation of the development of communities of inquiry in the UK, with particular reference to the teaching of philosophy in schools. The paper is divided into four sections. In the first, I examine some key aspects from an historical perspective. The second section focuses on the question: ‘should children be taught to think philosophically?’ Having discussed the teaching of philosophical thinking in the UK, I outline a typical example of a dialogue undertaken with primary school pupils. Finally, I consider future prospects for developing communities of inquiry.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the published article that was originally published in the Journal of Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, 30,(2) in 2010 by Viterbo University, the journal website is available at Copyright © 2010 Viterbo University and author. Reproduced here by kind permission of the publisher, the published article is also available at
Keywords: communities of inquiry, critical thinking, philosophy in schools, teachers' research and continuing professional development
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06

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