By engaging in philosophical discussions, students become aware of the social and moral dimensions of their experience. They learn how to examine their own beliefs and how to express them clearly to others. By developing the courage to speak their minds, they become more responsible and more confident.
Philosophical enquiry helps students to develop greater respect for difference, and deeper empathy for the experiences of others. Students become more attentive and fair-minded in their interactions, and more skilled at cooperating and negotiating.
In these ways, philosophical enquiry fosters productive collaboration and develops students’ self-esteem, confidence, self-expression and capacity for respectful dialogue.
Philosophical enquiry helps students to develop a broad range of interdisciplinary communication skills specified in the Australian Curriculum in Victoria, as well as providing important cognitive benefits.