Inspiring philosophical thinking in children and schools

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Inspiring philosophical thinking in children and schools

Introducing students to philosophical thinking

Available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools we provide a range of events throughout the year to introduce students to philosophical thinking.

Providing ongoing support to teachers

We support teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically – through training, networking and curriculum development.

Valuable resources for VAPS members

VAPS provides a range of members only materials supporting teachers and students in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable philosophical thinking.

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VAPS 2021 Conference: Best Practice in Teaching Philosophy

Our biennial conference was previously scheduled for July 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Luckily, we have been able to reschedule for March 2021.

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What we offer

Professional learning

We support teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically.

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School events

Each year, VAPS runs school excursion events called PIPS (Philosophy in Public Spaces), available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools.

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VCE Philosophy Events

The Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) aims to promote the study of philosophy at secondary level, including at VCE level.

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Fundraising & Grants

Funding is available to attend all VAPS events, including PIPS Events for students, Teacher Training, VCE Events, and the VAPS conference.

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Upcoming events

May 2 @ 9:30 am

Introduction to Community of Inquiry Training (Semester 1)

Virtual

Level 1 – Community of Inquiry Training Aim: To give teachers and others sufficient practical understanding of philosophical inquiry with children in a Community of Inquiry (COI) setting to enable them to start

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May 7 @ 10:00 am

PIPS – May 2021 – Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

Our first Philosophy in Public Spaces Event for schools for 2021 is open. This event is for students in Years 5-8 and will take place at Melbourne Museum on the

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May 16 @ 9:30 am

Introduction to Community of Inquiry Training (Semester 1)

Virtual

Level 1 – Community of Inquiry Training Aim: To give teachers and others sufficient practical understanding of philosophical inquiry with children in a Community of Inquiry (COI) setting to enable them to start

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May 23 @ 12:00 pm

VCE Unit 3 Forum

Virtual

VAPS VCE Unit 3 Forum 2021 Each year VAPS hosts forums with academics to support VCE Philosophy. In 2021, our online forum to support VCE Unit 3 will be held

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Inspired by the Philosophy for Children movement, the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) promotes critical and creative thinking among young people.

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Who we are

VAPS promotes critical and creative thinking among young people.

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What we offer

Supporting teachers in fostering the intellectual and social skills that enable students to think philosophically.

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Upcoming events

Our Philosophy in Public Spaces Events are run throughout each calendar school year.

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Become a member

Becoming a member grants access to the members’ resources and discounted access to events.

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