The World of Philosophy for Children

P4C Around the World

There are countless places around the world where children and adults engage in philosophical inquiry together—a practice at least as old as Socrates. Since 1974 the IAPC at Montclair State University and its Affiliate Centers have been largely responsible for the proliferation of Philosophy for Children programs in schools and other settings around the world. However, today there are numerous approaches to this work, many of which are not derived from the work of the IAPC.

IAPC Affiliate Centers

There are numerous Philosophy for Children Centers around the world that are formally affiliated with the IAPC—most of which were established through the work of the IAPC. These centers are autonomous though they often collaborate with the IAPC, and maintain contact through the IAPC Associate Director for International Affairs. Many of them have formed regional and national associations. IAPC affiliate centers receive the following kinds of support from the IAPC:

  • Contact information listed on the IAPC website (see below)
  • Publication of accomplishments in The IAPC Newsletter
  • Discounts on IAPC Publications
  • Invitations to collaborate with IAPC faculty and staff in projects of research, dissemination, policy change, curriculum development, theory development, grant writing, etc.
  • Consultation on such work by IAPC faculty and staff

Formal affiliation with the IAPC requires the following:

  • One or more staff members is an IAPC endorsed Philosophy for Children Practitioner Coach
  • Engagement in one or more of the following kinds of work:
    • Translation and publication of IAPC Curriculum
    • Engagement with school-age children in philosophical inquiry
    • Preparation of schoolteachers to facilitate philosophical inquiry with students
    • Empirical and theoretical research in Philosophy for Children
    • Development and testing of new curriculum in Philosophy for Children
  • Submission of annual reports on above work to the IAPC

Click here for a list of centers and individuals affiliated with the IAPC.

Other K-12 Philosophy Sites

Numerous organizations and individuals not formally affiliated with the IAPC are similarly engaged in bringing philosophy to children and adolescents, through a variety of approaches. The IAPC welcomes this diversity and encourages cooperation among colleagues practicing different approaches.

Click here for links to other K-12 philosophy sites.

Promotional Organizations

In addition to hundreds of local sites and organizations around the world dedicated to engaging children in philosophy, numerous national, regional and global organizations sponsor, coordinate and otherwise promote that work.

Click here for links to Promotional Organizations.