Philosophy - Thinking philosophically

12th November 2010 at 00:00

Inverclyde pupils are being asked to think philosophically as part of a new project which is being co-ordinated by the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and urban regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.

The Thinking and Creating in Inverclyde Schools project encourages P7 pupils in four primary schools to develop their creative skills and ability to discuss complex ideas.

"Art and the making of art combined with philosophical thinking have an exceptionally important role to play in developing the capacities of imagination, creativity, making connections between ideas and self- reflection," said a spokeswoman for GSA.

The philosophy part of the programme encourages pupils to discuss ideas, opinions and the beliefs and attitudes which underpin them, but without the need for the academic study of philosophy. Pupils reflect upon how they think, by exploring why they think what they think. This is a first step in the development of transformative cognitive skills which enable pupils to cope with change.

In the art class, the focus is to provide pupils with an enjoyable range of activities from traditional drawing skills to more experimental art processes and to connect these with deeper thinking and ideas about themselves, life in Inverclyde and the rapid changes taking place in and around them.

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