Philosophy and Key Skills

 
 

Key skill

Key skill element

Student learning activity

Being creative

Exploring options and alternatives

Students choose appropriate problem-solving techniques as they attempt to solve problems through argument. To do this they will seek out different viewpoints and perspectives, imagine different scenarios and outcomes, and be prepared to change their mind. 

Being literate  Expressing ideas clearly and accurately

Philosophy encourages the precise use of language and careful reasoning in both oral and written communication. 

Being numerate            Developing a positive disposition towards investigating, reasoning and problem-solving

This short course gives students the tools to practise thinking routines. It shifts the emphasis of their work from finding the ‘right’ answer to an appreciation of how their problem-solving processes work. 

Communicating

Discussing and debating

Students gain confidence as they participate in class discussion and respond to opposite positions constructively, with reasoned arguments.

Managing information and thinking

Gathering, recording, organising and evaluating information and data

Students gather and evaluate ideas from a range of sources and learn how to use data to support their arguments and make coherent judgments. They are encouraged to reflect on their understanding and review it in light of new ideas encountered.

Managing myself

Knowing myself

Through participation in classroom activities, including class debates and discussions, students come to recognise their personal strengths and grow in awareness of the influences shaping their beliefs and assumptions.

 

Staying well

Being positive about learning

This course is rooted in students’ own questions and the process of democratic deliberation allows them to exercise their voice and find meaning and enjoyment in learning. Being listened to and respected within a community of enquiry creates a positive classroom culture.

Working with others

Respecting differences

This course encourages students to consider different points of view and to appreciate diversity as a source of enriched learning. It challenges students beyond ‘black and white’ thinking.