Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects

Childhood, Philosophy and Open Society

Implications for Education in Confucian Heritage Cultures

Authors: Lam, Chi-Ming

  • The first attempt to explicate how Lipman’s Philosophy for Children programme helps to achieve Popper’s educational ideal of fostering critical thinking in children for full participation in an open society
  • In developing a Popperian theory and practice of education, not only explores Popper’s epistemological, political, and pedagogical concerns, but also considers the related sociological implications
  • Reports the first systematic investigation into the effectiveness of Lipman’s Philosophy for Children programme on promoting children’s critical thinking in Hong Kong, China – arguably a Confucian heritage society
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​The purpose of this book is to develop a theory and practice of education from Karl Popper’s non-justificationist philosophy for promoting an open society. Specifically, the book is designed to develop an educational programme for fostering critical thinking in children, particularly when they are involved in group discussion.The study conducted an experiment to assess the effectiveness of Matthew Lipman’s Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme in promoting Hong Long (Chinese) children’s critical thinking. Forty-two Secondary 1 students volunteered for the experiment, from whom 28 students were randomly selected and randomly assigned to two groups of 14 each: one receiving P4C lessons and the other receiving English lessons. The students who were taught P4C were found to perform better in the reasoning test than those who were not, to be capable of discussing philosophical problems in a competent way, and to have a very positive attitude towards doing philosophy in the classroom. It was also found that P4C played a major role in developing the students’ critical thinking.Considering that the construction of children by adults as incompetent in the sense of lacking reason, maturity, or independence reinforces the traditional structure of adult authority over children in society, it runs counter to the goal of fostering critical thinking in children. As a way to return justice to childhood and to effectively promote critical thinking in children, the present study suggested reconstructing the concept of childhood, highlighting the importance of establishing a coherent public policy on promotion of agency in children and also the importance of empowering them to participate actively in research, legal, and educational institutions.

About the authors

Chi-Ming Lam is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Education in the Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.  His research interests include the philosophy of Karl Popper, critical thinking, and philosophy for children.  He has published and presented on these areas both nationally and internationally.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lam, Chi-Ming

    Pages 1-6

  • Theoretical and Practical Justifications for Popper’s Non-justificationism

    Lam, Chi-Ming

    Pages 7-39

  • Education for Open Society as an Educational Ideal

    Lam, Chi-Ming

    Pages 41-65

  • An Empirical Study of the Effectiveness of Lipman’s Philosophy for Children Programme on Promoting Children’s Critical Thinking in Hong Kong, China

    Lam, Chi-Ming

    Pages 67-120

  • Reconceptualisation of Childhood for Promoting Justice in an Open Society

    Lam, Chi-Ming

    Pages 121-169

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  • ISBN 978-981-4560-88-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Childhood, Philosophy and Open Society
Book Subtitle
Implications for Education in Confucian Heritage Cultures
Authors
Series Title
Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-981-4451-06-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-4451-06-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-4451-05-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-4560-88-7
Series ISSN
1573-5397
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 185
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