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Talk, Thinking and Philosophy in the Primary Classroom

Talk, Thinking and Philosophy in the Primary Classroom

June 2010 | 128 pages | Learning Matters
Talk, thinking and philosophy are crucial components of children's learning. This book is a practical and readable guide to the ways in which teachers can provide children with the opportunities to develop and use these skills to their greatest effect. It begins by asking why talking and thinking should be taught and examines current approaches in this area. It goes on to look at how teachers can develop talking and thinking skills across the six Areas of Learning to help children gain confidence and deepen understanding.
Why teach talk, thinking and philosophy?
Talk theory
Thinking and philosophy theory
Classroom strategies to develop talk
Classroom strategies to develop thinking and philosophy
Talk, thinking and philosophy in the primary curriculum
Developing a Thinking School

"Anybody interested in child development will find this book both informative and interesting. It contains a good range of theory and research (historic and modern) and is also 'grounded' in practice. A very useful addition to Initial Teacher Training reading lists." Lecturer, University of Cumbria

This book is packed with useful and important ideas and information, presented in an accessible way. It deals with aspects of primary practice which are increasingly seen as central to children's learning.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
August 1, 2012

This is a good basic introduction to using talk and philosophy in the classroom. It covers a range of theories and using practical examples to demonstrate the effectiveness of dialogic teaching

Mrs Susan Buckman
Education, Dundee University
June 7, 2012

As a renewed emphasis on talk for learning is anticipated in forthcoming National Curriculum, this book provides a good theoretical grounding, as well as practical strategies, for developing meaningful talk in the classroom.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
February 28, 2012

An excellent book for practitioners to investigate the benifits of thinking skills and philosophy in the curriculum and make positive links to practice.

Ms Sharon Reay
Education, Gateshead College
January 30, 2012

John Smith

John Smith is Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Education where he teaches Mathematics Education and Thinking Skills on ITE and CPD courses. He began his teaching career as a teacher of English and communication skills to adults before moving into primary education. For many years he was a class teacher and subject coordinator in a primary school before becoming a teacher educator. He is a Sapere Philosophy for Children trainer and has also been trained in many of the other approaches described within this book. More About Author