In June 2017, students and teachers at the Gifu University, Faculty of Education, Affiliated Junior High School experimented with using philosophy for children Hawai‘i to teach social studies. The teacher—Yoshihiro Maeda—learned about p4cHI from his advisor, Dr. Noboru Tanaka. The focus of their inquiry was a reflection on history. The students generated questions, voted, and the questions with the most votes were, “Will World War 3 happen in near future?” and “Why did Japan lose WW2?” Students asked further questions and shared their perspectives on the purpose of learning history and about war, history education. To learn more about the school visit: https://www.fuzoku.gifu-u.ac.jp/chu/
Read this first review of the Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children: http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/jps/index. Learn how one of Amber Makaiau’s chapters is highlighted as one of the achievements of the handbook because it manages to highlight promising avenues currently being explored like the relationship between racism and P4C in a multicultural world.
At the end of this month, Dr. Jackson will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spreading the P4C spirit! He will be presenting with Dr. Stefanie Sweeney on Philosophy, Primal Wonder and the Future of Education! Click here for the poster.
The 30th Uehiro Essay Contest Winner has been announced! Aftercareful consideration, the winner, sixth grade student, Kawabata Marin, from the Anjo Elementary School has deeply moved readers with her writing. She was officially awarded the honor in a ceremony by the Minister of Education and Science. Read her essay, “Living Life Forward Looking Up,” clicking here.
In March, the Uehiro Academy will be hosting its annual p4cHI research exchange. Participants in this exchange will be coming from Japan and the neighbor islands. Check back for more information!
In the week of February 13 a team of teachers from the Miyagi University of Education will be hosted at the University of Hawai‘i College of Education. As a part of their visit they will experience p4cHI in Uehiro Academy model schools and participate in a reception with Uehiro Faculty at the University of Hawaii. Check back for more information when they visit!
On May 31, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Education offered a philosophy for children and C3 Framework Professional Development Opportunity! Check back for a recap!
The Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education has been officially names as an organizational partner of the C3 Teachers movement. To see the complete list of partners, click here. Also click here to learn more about the C3 Teachers Organizational Partners Meeting, in which representatives from several social studies organizations convened to discuss how to facilitate teacher inquiry using their materials. Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau traveled to Washington DC at the end of 2016 to represent the Uehiro Academy at this meeting.
We are very happy to announce that the Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children has now been published and that philosophy for children Hawai’i is featured in two chapters! They are: Chapter 3. The Philosophy for Children Hawai’i Approach to Deliberative Pedagogy by Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau and Chapter 26. Empowering Global P4C Research and Practice Through Self-Study: The Philosophy for Children Hawai’i International Journaling and Self-Study Project by Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau, Jessica Ching-Sze Wang, Karen Ragoonaden, Lu Leng. Click here to learn more, including how to order the book!