FAPSA 2014 Conference - Philosophy’s Contribution to School Education

UPDATE: The CFPs for the FAPSA Conference has been extended until the 10th May.


The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association (FAPSA) presents:

2014 Conference - Philosophy’s Contribution to School Education

7-8 July, 2014

Australian National University, Canberra


Please find attached below the forms for Registration and Calls for Papers and Presentations.

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Registration.pdf 272.26 KB
Call-for-papers-and-presentations.pdf 242.09 KB

International Baccalaureate Program - Theory of Knowledge

Attached below is an interesting report that considers the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) component of the International Baccalaureate. Relevant to discussions regarding the perceptions and advantages of critical thinking courses in Australian schools.

"IB Programme: Theory of Knowledge (TOK): Exploring learning outcomes, benefits, and perceptions"
Prepared for the International Baccalaureate Organization: Final Report

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Final TOK report revision3.1.pdf 2.24 MB

The Journal of Philosophy in Schools (The JPS)

The Journal of Philosophy in Schools (The JPS) is The Official Journal of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations and will launch it's first issue this year.

Please like, share and support the page on Facebook and Twitter:

JPS Website: http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/jps/index
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JournalofPhilosophyinSchools?fref=ts
Twitter: @JournalP4C

The first CFPs is out now! See the website or Facebook for further details.

The Journal for Philosophy in Schools (JPS) is the official journal of The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). The focus of the journal is research into philosophy with school-aged children (K-12). What was once called Philosophy with Children has developed into a sub-discipline of philosophy with its own history, traditions and pedagogy and incorporates philosophical inquiry in the classroom, reflective education and Socratic dialogue through the use of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) methodology. The journal focuses on academic research articles into the pedagogy and practice of philosophy in schools. The journal also reviews new books on philosophy in schools along with new teacher resources for philosophy in schools. Call for Papers: We welcome research papers on philosophy in the schools including educational pedagogy and reflections on teaching philosophy in classrooms (ages K-12). The aim of the journal is to encourage academic reflection and research into the growing field of philosophy in schools with the intention of making such information widely available through the use of an open-access format.

Style: Please see the website for Author Guidelines: http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/jps/about/submissions#onlineSubmis...
The journal will published twice annually. Volume 1 Number 1 will be launched in Aug/Sept 2014.
Please contact the editors if you have any further questions: Dr Andrew Peterson (andrew [dot] Peterson [at] unisa [dot] edu [dot] au) or Dr Laura D'Olimpio (laura [dot] dolimpio [at] nd [dot] edu [dot] au)

See attached flyer.

Thank you!

Philosophy Resources And APIS Exam Papers

The Association produces examination papers suitable for the 2A/B and 3A/B Philosophy and Ethics courses, for mid-terms and end-of-year mock exams.

All sections are included, with a marking key.

Please find attached at the end of this post - both the order form and the invoice for exams in Philosophy and Ethics.


An electronic exam package will be emailed to the school, with the format of the package in Microsoft Word.

By completing and submitting the order form, you and your school agree to the following terms and conditions of the Association:

* that the electronic materials you have ordered are for your school only;
* that the number of sets ordered at the indicated stage(s) are commensurate with the number of classes of Philosophy and Ethics timetabled in your school for that Semester;
* that you have a right to use the electronic materials for the purposes of revision with future students of Philosophy and Ethics in your school;
* that the Association is the copyright holder of all electronic materials with the exception of those items or texts substituted by the school.

Should you know of other teachers who might be interested in ordering exam papers, or who would like to be involved in teaching philosophy in schools, please forward these documents on to them, or give them our contact details.

Email your inquiries to: alandtapper (at) gmail.com

Exam form - http://waapis.com/sites/waapis.com/files/APIS examination order form Sem 1 2014_0.doc

Invoice - http://waapis.com/sites/waapis.com/files/APIS examination invoice_0.doc

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APIS examination order form Sem 1 2014.doc 39 KB
APIS examination invoice.doc 34.5 KB

John XXIII Primary Philosothon 2014 - 20th June 2014



The John XXIII Primary Philosothon is back in 2014!

Held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on the 20th of June 2014.

The John XXIII Primary Philosothon 2014 is available to students from years 5, 6 & 7. New schools are welcome.

Enquires to Annette:
pedersen [dot] annette [at] johnxxiii [dot] edu [dot] au

Level One Workshop: June 13th & 14th 2014





Level One Workshop: June 13th & 14th 2014

Held at Forrest Library, Hale School, Hale Road, Wembley Downs
Presenters: Alison Freeman, Dr Felicity Haynes

Enquiries to Felicity:
tingrith63 [at] gmail [dot] com
Ph (08) 97574014

Registrations by 29th May
(Limited Numbers)
Cost $310
Includes Training, Meals, Morning Tea and Notes
See the attached flyer.

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WorkshopProgram.pdf 426.15 KB

Annual General Meeting of the Association for Philosophy in Schools - 28th November 2013

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Annual General Meeting of the Association for Philosophy in Schools (WA), taking place at Curtin University on Thursday, 28 November 2013 from 6:00pm.

The APIS Annual General Meeting
Mr Matthew Wills
Head of Philosophy, Values and Religion at Hale School
‘The Philosothon’
Matthew will be speaking about the success of the Philosothon and future plans for International collaboration between Australia, the UK and the USA
Venue Executive Briefing Centre Building 100, Chancellery
Curtin University Bentley
Date 6:00pm, Thursday, 28 November 2013
Light refreshments and drinks provided
RSVP by Monday 25 November Simon Kidd
simon_kidd [at] iinet [dot] net [dot] au
Please note: Members need to be financial in order to vote at the AGM. We will collect fees before the meeting ($20 for students, $35 for non-students).
Association for Philosophy in Schools (WA)

Philosophy Colloquium - Murdoch University, 26 November 2013

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Philosophy Colloquium 2013

Murdoch University
26 November 2013
Freehills Lecture Theatre

A Day of Φιλο-ΣοΦια (Philo-Sophia):
Friendship and Philosophical Discussion

It is being held on 26 November, from 9:30-5:10 in BHLT at Murdoch University.

For more information, and to inquire whether parking passes are available, please contact Dr. Lubica Ucnik (L [dot] Ucnik [at] murdoch [dot] edu [dot] au)

Cultural DeCoding at the University Of Notre Dame - High School Program - 28th - 31st January, 2014

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The third annual Cultural DeCoding programme will be held at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle) in January next year as an extension for gifted and talented year 11s and 12s with a focus on the humanities.

To those of you who know of teachers who would like to invite some of their students along to this summer programme, please forward this email to them and see attached brochure for more information.

The programme has been very well received and runs from 28th - 31st January, 2014
Each day is from 9.00am - 3.30pm and the total cost is $250 per student (lunches included).

These are sessions on philosophy and other humanities subjects that encourage critical and creative thinking, peer-discussion as well as mini lectures on subjects in order to get a taste of university life. There are many programmes available for science extension but this focus on the humanities is a nice opportunity to tap into the broader scope of a liberal arts education.

Please contact Dr Angela McCarthy on 9433 0214 or angela [dot] mccarthy [at] nd [dot] edu [dot] au if you have any further questions.