PLAY-toh and other thinklings – deepening the culture of inquiry in a children’s therapeutic community.

Critical thinking skills are crucial to education, as opposed to mere instruction, as well as developing the civic qualities assumed to be required for effective participation in social life. We are investigating how regular sessions of co-operative philosophical inquiry can encourage children and staff to engage more deeply with, and sustain a culture of inquiry within a living and learning environment.

The overarching research question is:

Can regular sessions of cooperative philosophical debate encourage children and staff to engage more deeply with and sustain/embed a culture of inquiry within a living and learning environment?

Author
Isabel Gois, Caryn Onions, Mike Staines, Joy Oldfield, Rupert Stace, Marya Hemmings

Time span
Sept 2021 - Sept 2022

Funder
The Mulberry Bush