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Thinking about Philosophical Issues

Good thinking is a disciplined, reflective process; it takes time and practice, but the results are worth it. The Thinking about Philosophical Issues series is all about developing your students’ skills with that process, with an emphasis on the contribution that thoughtful, disciplined discussion can make to all areas of students’ learning. The timeless, relevant and engaging discussion plans and activities centre on philosophical problems that are by their nature contestable.

Ages: 5-13 years

About the Author

Anne-Maree Olley, a New Zealand-trained and registered teacher and an active member of the New Zealand Philosophy for Children Association, has a passion for thinking with students of all ages. She has worked with teachers, parents and students in New Zealand, Australia and England, and will continue to do so from her home on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula.

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