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17:30 - 19:00 19 May 2016
Teaching philosophy in a Muslim faith school: reflections on a pioneering experiment
Committee Room 1 |
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom
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Humaira Saleem, Headteacher, Iqra Primary School
Andy West, Tutor, Iqra Primary School and The Philosophy Foundation
In 2013, for the first time, a Muslim faith school offered courses in logic and reasoning to its students. Over two terms Year 3 & 4 students took classes in topics in logic, ethics and epistemology. Preliminary feedback from students, teachers and parents indicates the sessions were very well received. All stakeholders feel students have benefitted in terms of their reasoning capacity, argument formulation, ability to engage in a discussion and attention to details of language. Based on such outcomes, the school has decided to expand the programme and offer it to students from Reception class (age 4) upwards.
The programme is now in its third year. Though teaching logic and reasoning is an educational good in itself, its warm reception in a Muslim faith school is unprecedented and has contributed to a significant broadening of curriculum entitlement for students.
In this session, the tutor and head will share their experiences of organising and running these pioneering sessions.
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