the two dimensions of philosophy education with children: curricular and extra-curricular philosophy activities


  • nimet kucuk ALEV Schools


Philosophy Education, Curricular and Extra-Curricular Philosophy Activities, Philosophy for Children, Education of Thinking, Philosophy Clubs.


The Twenty-first Century promises to be the age of information, a century in which only those societies that aspire to the production, transmission and marketing of information can achieve success. As such, the individuals of this century must possess, along with the basic skills, the new and significant abilities of problem-solving, creative thinking, decision-making, research skills, and the capacity to assume responsibility for one’s own knowledge as active subjects. It is necessary to teach students how to think, and the education of thinking is one function of philosophy. Only an adequate philosophical education can create individuals with the qualifications listed above, and such an education has to be supported by both curricular and extra-curricular activities. This article will review these two dimensions of philosophical education, using recent educational developments in Turkey as an example.

Author Biography

nimet kucuk, ALEV Schools

Nimet Kucuk is currently teaching Philosophy and “the Education of Thinking Course” at ALEV Schools, Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her Ph.D in Philosophy from University of Istanbul in 2003. She has been working for Philosophy Clubs in Turkey since 1997. In 2006, she was awarded the IAPC Scholarship to attend the IAPC Summer Seminar in P4C, at Mendham, NJ, USA. She writes and gives lectures on Philosophy for/with Children in Turkey. She also organises philosophy seminars for teachers . She is planning to specialize in P4C for her post doctorate work.




How to Cite

kucuk, nimet. (2009). the two dimensions of philosophy education with children: curricular and extra-curricular philosophy activities. Childhood & Philosophy, 4(8), pp. 137–142. Retrieved from



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