Engaging the public in our research

Our academics and students are regularly involved in projects with local schools and the general public, sharing our expertise with them and using their experiences to inform our research. The department has strong links with many schools and community groups across the city and has dedicated a particular focus to philosophy education outreach projects.

Bristol Philosophy Exchange

The Bristol Philosophy Exchange has been running since 2013, and in that time has worked with over one thousand pupils in local primary schools. Philosophy undergraduates are trained and work closely with class teacher to facilitate philosophical enquiries, using the Philosophy for Children (P4C) educational approach.

Philosophy of Science in Science Education

This project has involved creating philosophy of science resources for science teachers, in collaboration with science teachers and educators in Bristol.

The ‘Thinking Science’ resources come in the form of questions designed to provoke thinking and discussion, to consolidate and extend core curriculum knowledge and understanding. The topics link to the KS3 National Curriculum and cover physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.

For more information and to download the resources see here

Philosophy at IDEAL community action

Since 2013, the department has worked closely with IDEAL community action, a charity that works with adults from backgrounds of addiction and chaos. Members of the department run weekly sessions with adults at IDEAL, on courses entitled, “Introduction to Philosophy: Who are you and what do you believe?” “Being Human” and “The Art of Living”.

Philosophy in Secondary School

Throughout 2016 and in Spring 2017, the department ran a philosophy lunchtime club at St Katherine’s School, Pill. In Autumn 2017, the department worked with Fairfield High School, delivering a series of philosophy sessions for a small group of Year 8 and 9 pupils. The sessions culminated with a visit to the University, where pupils had the opportunity to meet a philosophy lecturer and undergraduates.  This project will be expanded in 2018 to work with more secondary schools across the city.

For more information on any of these projects, contact Ellie Hart

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