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Doing Philosophy With Young Learners - Teacher Training CPD

Adam Godwin (MA) via Udemy

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The course is designed for teachers who haven't been formally trained in philosophy who wish to foster deeper, more philosophical, and more critical thinking in their students: it serves as a comprehensive guide to bringing philosophical thinking, discussion and debate into the classroom. The course includes:

  • Teaching strategies & learning activity ideas

  • Teaching resources that allow you to put your learning into practice with ease

  • Tips, tricks & advice from an experienced philosophy teacher

This course is of particular interest to Primary School Teachers and Elementary School Teachers who wish to inspire philosophical thinking in their students. It is also of interest to Middle School and Secondary School Teachers teachers working with younger learners (i.e. Year 7/ 6th Grade).

The focus of the course is on 'doing philosophy with' (not 'teaching philosophy to') young learners: there is less emphasis on teaching about specific philosophers, philosophical concepts, or movements in the history of philosophy; instead, the course emphasises the value of philosophical thinking styles, questioning skills and 'community of inquiry' approaches to the exploration of philosophical issues in classrooms.

Regardless of your specialist teaching subject, bringing philosophical thinking into your lessons and into the lives of your students is profoundly beneficial: sign-up now to "philosophise" your teaching practice and inspire young learners to think as deeply as possible.

Some of the topics we'll explore in this course include:

  1. The value of getting students to think philosophically in lessons

  2. Teachers as 'Philosophical Mentors'

  3. 'Do's & don'ts' of doing philosophy in the classroom

  4. Leading philosophical discussions

  5. Developing philosophical questioning skills

  6. The P4C Method / The Lipman-Sharp P4C Method

  7. Instilling sceptical mindsets: the value of doubt and uncertainty

  8. Critical thinking, philosophical argumentation and logical fallacy detection skills

  9. Using philosophical discussions to explore other cultures

  10. Existentialism and Existential Psychology for Young Learners

Each of the video-learning sessions is accompanied by links to external resources (such as articles, research papers, and videos) allowing you to develop your expertise further.

The course includes access to a wide range of teaching tools and educational resources that you can use with your students: this will allow you to put what you have learnt on the course into practice right away!

Who this course is for:

  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Primary School Teachers
  • Trainee Teachers
  • Teachers of Year 7 / 6th Grade Students

Course Content

6 sections - 12 lectures - 06:32:20 total length

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Adam Godwin (MA)

  • 4 Instructor Rating
  • 112 Reviews
  • 872 Students

Adam Godwin (MA) is from Oxford in The United Kingdom

He has studied philosophy and psychology for over fifteen years and his academic focus has been phenomenology, metaphysics, ontology, existentialism and clinical psychology.

Moreover, he is a specialist in the study of comparative mystical traditions with extensive personal experience with Zazen (Soto Zen Buddhist meditation), mindfulness meditation, and ecstatic dance. This passion for the study of mystical traditions is also rooted in an enduring love for mystical poetry from the Christian, Taoist, Buddhist & Sufi traditions.


BA - Psychology & Philosophy (The University of Reading, UK)

MA - Philosophy (The University of Reading, UK)

CPPD - Clinical Hypnosis (The London College of Clinical Hypnosis)

PGCE - Secondary Education - Philosophy & Religious Studies (Liverpool Hope University)


Professional Background:

Forensic Mental Health Support Worker (2 Years)
[Mainly working with those diagnosed with schizophrenia and 'personality disorders']

Supported Housing Support Worker (2 Years)
[Working with homeless people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions]

Secondary School Teacher (4 Years)
[Teaching Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology & Religious Studies in a British state secondary school (12-18 year-olds)]

Digital Educational Resource Design (4 Years)
[Eventually founding The Global Metacognition Institute]

Other Relevant Experiences:

I have spent 6 months training in mindfulness-based meditation techniques in a Soto Zen Buddhist Monastery in the UK

I also frequently attend conferences and healing festivals in order to learn about a wide variety of approaches to alternative healing and therapy

I have a longstanding passion for philosophy and psychology and my overarching aim is to share that passion with people around the world via professionally-designed online courses.