Philosophy for children

Philosophy for children (or with children) is an educational approach aiming to stimulate children’s thinking, and to promote autonomy and creativity, which is exactly what Piaget’s educational views are about. Indeed, Piaget puts a strong emphasis on spontaneous discovery in learning, i.e., on the fact that children learn best through doing, actively exploring, interacting with peers, and thinking by themselves. Of course, in order to stimulate them, we must offer children stories that correspond to their own questioning, stories that make sense to them, and better yet, stories that put them on the path of discoveries that trigger cognitive progress. Continue reading

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Piaget – Vygotsky

I only recently discovered the importance of the Piaget – Vygotsky “debate” for educators. It seems that this debate has spread all over the world, in the wake of American textbooks in education. I even met students in a coffee shop in the Philippines talking about it. Of course, educators being interested in teaching and learning, they tend to favor Vygotsky over Piaget, which is understandable as he was more interested in education than Piaget. Yet, in the education textbooks I have checked, as well as in what appears on Internet on this debate, Piaget tends to be considered as the one who did not really understand the question of knowledge transmission. This is a misguided view…

Piaget -Vygotsky : Lasting  Misunderstandings