The South Australian Association for Philosophy in the Classroom
I am currently working with a group of enthusiastic volunteers to set new directions for The South Australian Association for Philosophy in the Classroom (SAAPIC).
The National Curriculum, under the banner of 'General Capabilities' requires teachers to integrate ethical understandings and behaviours and critical and creative thinking into all curriculum areas, and the SAAPIC group is currently establishing programs to support teachers (pre-school to year 12) to manage this task.
As a first step we have organized a series of 'Philosophy in the Pub' sessions, designed to engage teachers themselves in ethical inquiry, critical and creative thinking and philosophical inquiry more generally. For details of current sessions, contact SAAPIC President, Dr Tania Meyer, at TMeyer@riaus.org.au, or see the SAAPIC Facebook Page.
'A Teachers' guide to ethical behaviours'
Over the course of 2012 I collaborated with Barabara Reinfeld and Vivienne McQuade, Curriculum officers within The SA Department of Education and Child Development (DECD), to produce a guide to support South Australian teachers in implementing the National Curriculum's Ethical understanding/behaviours capability. The project was funded by DECD, and will soon be available on Itunes U and SCOOTLE.
I am currently working with this guide to assist teachers in SA schools to:
- -identify opportunities to teach ethical behaviours F-10 in English, Science, History and Maths
- -design learning which provides opportunities for ethical behaviours to be developed
- -expand those teaching strategies which foster and further develop ethical behaviours ('A teachers' Guide', p.1).
Primary Ethics Curriculum
I continue to work as lead author for the R-6 Primary Ethics curriculum. This is a curriculum now offered as an alternative to Scripture in NSW Public schools. To date Primary Ethics has rolled out curriculum for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, and we are now beginning work on topics for the earlier years. The curriculum framework and further details about Primary Ethics can be found here.