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About this Masterclass

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is not about the lives or thoughts of great philosophers, but is a practical process for learning to think. It has mostly been applied to primary and secondary school students, but has also been used in universities and workplaces. This masterclass will describe the procedure, summarise the research evidence, and invite participants to think about how it could be applied in their courses.

Benefits of attending

At the completion of this Masterclass, participants will have learned of the pedagogical value of P4C in their discipline, and be able to develop and implement a plan to apply it to a course.


Keith Topping is Professor of Educational and Social Research at the University of Dundee, Scotland. His main research interest is peer learning, in many contexts and subject areas. Other interests include parents as educators, problematic behaviour & social competence, and computer-assisted learning & assessment. He has over 380 publications, including 25 books and 189 peer-reviewed journal papers. He has consulted with national government and large organisations in several countries and his work has been translated into 12 languages.

About ITaLI Teaching Masterclass Series

The ITaLI Teaching Masterclass Series provides a venue for inspirational and successful teachers to share effective approaches and best practices for teaching. Each Masterclass aims to assist attendees in learning tangible, practical skills that help them build on their existing expertise to excel in teaching for 21st-century students. If you have any suggestions or feedback on how we can improve the series, please contact us using this feedback form or email Dr Hassan Khosravi.

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