ACSA Webinars
Moral & ethical - 3

Amy Eberhardt and Stephen Driver, Hillbrook Anglican School

Bringing about a school of thinkers: implementing philosophical inquiry

(session complete, recording available with series registration via the REGISTER HERE link below)

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Once upon a time we wondered ... could we build a school community where everyone could inquire together about life's big questions in an ethical, democratic and respectful manner? Where good argument was foregrounded, taught and expected? Now we know the answer - a resounding 'yes!' We have done it at Hillbrook.


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Hillbrook Anglican School is a co-educational high school in Brisbane, Australia that caters to students from Years 7 to 12. Four clearly articulated key ideas provide the essence of this school: adolescence, thinking, community and teaching/learning.

To support these underpinnings, the decision was made in 2012 to implement Philosophical Inquiry (PI) as a core subject. Lynne Hinton (previously principal of Buranda State School, Brisbane) was employed to lead the implementation.

Hillbrook Anglican School began teaching (PI), including moral and ethical considerations, in 2015 to all Yr 7 students. The expectation was that, after five years, PI would be either a core or elective subject for all students in the school. Thanks to the commitment, determination, energy and dedication of many people, this vision is well on the way to being realised.

This presentation describes the strategic leadership and planning involved in the school-wide implementation of the initiative, outlining such considerations as training of teachers, writing of curriculum, timetabling, involving the community, seeking expert advice, etc. It then moves on to what PI actually looks like in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. Practical examples and experiences will be offered.

What you will learn
• The strategic process by which a school-wide initiative was implemented.
• Some of the elements of the subject of Philosophical Inquiry (PI).
• What PI looks like in the classroom on a day-to-day basis.
• Where to go for more information.

Why you should attend
• You might be interested.
• You might be surprised.
• You might decide to do this yourself!

AITSL Standards addressed
1. Know students and how they learn.
2. Know the content and how to teach it.
3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.
4. Create and maintain supportive teaching and learning.

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