Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC)
The IAPC is the world’s oldest organization devoted to young people’s philosophical practice.
Contact the IAPC: firstname.lastname@example.org
IAPC News and Events
- August 5-12, 2017: IAPC Summer Seminar at Mendham
- June 28-July 1, 2017: 'Family Resemblances,' the 18th Biennial Conference of the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC), Madrid, Spain.
- January, 2017: Publication of the Routledge International Handbook of Philsophy for Children, edited by Maughn Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris
- October, 2016: Publication of Philosophy of Childhood Today, edited by David Kennedy and Brock Bahler, the proceedings of the 2014 IAPC Symposium at the American Philosophical Assocation, Eastern Division annual meeting
- June 17-20, 2016: 12th Biennial Conference of the North American Association for Community Inquiry (NAACI) at Montclair State University
The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children pursues a three-fold mission:
- Publish systematic curriculum and teacher preparation materials in Philosophy for Children, inquiry-based teaching, classroom dialogue and multi-dimensional thinking and contract for the translation, cultural adaptation and publication of these materials by IAPC Affiliate Centers;
- Offer a number of forums of professional development in these areas;
- Partner with schools and other institutions to conduct courses and comprehensive programs in these areas for students of all ages;
- Consult with universities that offer Philosophy for Children courses and degree programs; and
- Coordinate this work with that of IAPC Affiliate Centers, universities with Philosophy for Children courses and degree programs, and regional and international Philosophy for Children organizations.
Dissemination and Professional Affiliation
- Promote the work of the IAPC and its Affiliate Centers by conducting demonstrations and awareness sessions at schools and other venues, by producing various media including websites, brochures, newsletters, conference displays, and by appearances in television, radio and other news media;
- Establish memberships, partnerships and other kinds of affiliation with academic, professional, governmental and non-governmental organizations whose work is closely related to the work of the IAPC, as has been done, e.g. with the American Philosophical Association, the Great Britain and US Philosophy of Education Societies, the American Educational Research Association, UNESCO, the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the Squire Foundation, state and federal departments of education, the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, the New Jersey Center for Character Education, the New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal, and national, regional and international Philosophy for Children organizations.
- Facilitate and encourage theoretical scholarship and empirical research in teaching pre-college philosophy and in educational philosophy, defined as the use of philosophy for obtaining educational objectives including multi-dimensional (critical, creative and caring) thinking, social democracy, and moral and aesthetic judgment;
- Invite visiting scholars to study and to conduct research at the IAPC;
- Investigate alternative approaches to pre-college philosophy;
- Coordinate this work among IAPC Affiliate Centers, universities with Philosophy for Children courses and degree programs, and regional and international Philosophy for Children organizations; and
- Disseminate IAPC-sponsored research in academic and professional venues in philosophy and education
The primary constituency the IAPC aims to serve is schoolchildren—from pre-schoolers to highschoolers and from schools close to the Institute to schools in the 40-odd nations with active Philosophy for Children centers. In addition to working directly with schoolchildren, members of the IAPC work with several constituencies, including professional and pre-professional educators, educational administrators and policy-makers, and faculty and students of education, philosophy and related disciplines.