Welcome to Philosophical Investigations
This week's blog explores the philosophy of education behind this website Why not experience it yourself by coming to the first ever PushMe Press teacher training day with Libby Ahluwalia and Peter Baron on June 17th "Teaching Ethics". Or take time out to visit Archbishop Tennyson's at the Oval on March 21st? For other dates for revision days coming up, click here.
blog this week: the philosophy of the site
New coursebooks on Meta-ethics, Miracles, Religious Language, Arguments for God, Plato and Aristotle, Free Will and Determinism, War and Peace, Life and Death are now available. Revision Guides and How to Get an A Grade (for OCR board only) also available. There have been some generously good reviews - one email described How to Get an A Grade as "simply superb"! You can also buy discounted book bundles.
Here are all the lesson plans now loaded in the site - with more coming shortly all with the same interactive, multiple intelligences, "let's read culture" philosophy! I have also loaded Youtube starter activities and suggested pop songs to go with ethics lessons - why not make this subject the coolest in the country?
Is there a philosophy of education behind this website? Yes there is. We are trying to build a whole way of approaching philosophy through integrating all the things we find around us in film, books, TV, newspapers with analytical discipline which is philosophy - striving for logic and clarity. We aim to do this in a number of ways.
1. By forming integrated learning communities. Everyone who uses the site has become a member of this learning community. You are welcome to make comments through the DISQUS button at the bottom of each article, to email me or to submit ideas or resources of your own which serve the common good.
2. By paying close attention to the logic of the argument and to the importance of learning to sequence ideas. Lectures by philosophers are useful in so far as they model good sequencing, but to really understand a theory yourself you need to create your own sequence of ideas. Arguments start somewhere (normally with assumptions or presuppositions) and they end somewhere (with a conclusion which I own for myself). So the website, soon to be relaunched, pays close attention to this logic, and we use the same logic in our coursebooks, revision guides and index cards. Everything should relate clearly to everything else.
3. By creating our own conference days. These will take two forms in the next few months. On June 17th I am teaming up with top author and former Chief Examiner Libby Ahluwalia to explain approaches to teaching and assessing ethics. This will be highly practical but also will introduce you to my approach of integrated learning. We will experience some of the techniques I have been developing but also Libby will take us through how to assess accurately our students work. Spaces are limited and this is not a set of lectures dressed up as “training”. To book please phone 0800 862 0184.
So the answer is, yes, we have a new, exciting, innovative, community based approach to exploring philosophy. We have a great team of teachers and authors o board who are busy writing and editing material as we speak. We don’t just put resources up haphazardly - everything is being designed into an integrated system so that one medium (eg books) supports the other (eg website or iPhone).
And the amazing thing is, we’re giving it all away for free! Of course, it helps us a lot if schools and individual students buy our books so we can pay our web developer and other personnel. To this end, we will shortly have all the revision guides available for the AQA and Edexcel boards - ready for this key exam revision period.
I know the nerves start to rise and jangle, but rest assured, we will be posting plenty of things to help you attain your true potential,
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