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Public lecture to focus on philosophy in schools

Costello lecture news

29 May 2012

A Glyndŵr University expert is to speak about the role philosophy can play in the development of young children.

Professor Patrick Costello’s public lecture at the university next week will explore how philosophical principles can be applied in schools to help youngsters to think independently and understand how to put their point of view across.

The lecture, entitled Philosophy Goes to School: developing the skills of critical thinking, reasoning and argument in education, will look at how the relatively new idea of bringing philosophy in to the classroom is developing.

Katie Dutton, Glyndŵr University events co-ordinator said: “The university’s Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series showcases and celebrates the academic excellence of the university’s professorial staff.

“Prof Costello’s lecture promises to be a fascinating insight in to the latest thinking on this subject, and will be of particular interest to teachers, parents and others involved in child development. The issue of philosophy in primary schools has attracted a lot of media attention in recent years as it grows in popularity. Prof Costello will provide an insight in to how and why this is the case.

“As with all lectures in the series, the event will be free to attend, although booking is required.”

Prof Costello, professor of primary education at the university, will take questions from the audience after the lecture, which will be held on Thursday, June 7 in the Catrin Finch Centre on the university’s Wrexham campus. Attendees are advised to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

To book email lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466.

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