Journal of Philosophy in Schools

The Official Journal of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations

ISSN  2204-2482


Journal of 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. 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.


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. The journal welcomes submissions which interrogate theoretical and conceptual understandings as well as those which draw on original empirical research within the field.


The journal will published twice annually. Volume 1 Number 1 was published November 2014.


The journal's Focus and Scope can be found at 


Details of the journal's Editorial Board can be found at


Submissions Guidelines can be found at


Vol 2, No 2 (2015)

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
Andrew Peterson, Laura D'Olimpio
Socrates in the schools: Gains at three-year follow-up PDF
Frank Fair, Lory E Haas, Carol Gardosik, Daphne Johnson, Debra Price, Olena Leipnik
Open thinking, closed questioning: Two kinds of open and closed question PDF
Peter Worley
Implementing P4C in the primary classroom: Some fuzzy predictions PDF
Nicola O'Riordan
Exploring the connections between Philosophy for Children and character education: Some implications for moral education? PDF
Andrew Peterson, Brendan Bentley
Philosophy for Children and the ‘whole child’ PDF
Winifred Lamb
Book review - Identity and personhood: Confusions and clarifications across disciplines PDF
Laura D'Olimpio

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