2009 ICPIC Conference, Padua Italy

The 14th ICPIC conference in 2009 will be preceded by a pre-conference marking
the 150th anniversary of John Dewey’s birth,
to be held in Naples on June 30th and July 1st

The ICPIC Conference in Padua focuses on the evaluation of the complex thought. At this stage of Philosophy for Children, the subject of evaluation is considered to be particularly urgent and in need of being tackled. While, on one hand, the dissemination and implementation of the P4C all around the world is proving the effectiveness of the curriculum; on the other hand, this rapid expansion places on us an obligation to assess the program in relation to its goals of developing complex thinking.

In voting to hold the next conference in Italy, the crucial importance of this need for evaluation was clearly stated. The field of P4C needs to attend to ways of identifying and analyzing means and techniques to scientifically evaluate complex thinking competences and skills. In light of this, the conference will primarily focus on “evaluation of and in P4C”. In particular, conference will invited sessions dealing with two forms of evaluation: (i) evaluationof P4C (evaluation of the program from a theoretical-scientifical perspective) and (ii) evaluation in P4C (evaluation as an on-going aspect of the implementation of the program from an experiential-theoretical perspective).

The Philosophy for Children community also comes with a wide range of interests. In order that other fields of research in Philosophy for Children can also find exposure during the conference, a number of sessions will be set aside to create the opportunity for people to meet around particular interests. These sessions will be in a range of formats: (a) a significant poster section will enable best practices (and related theoretical reflections) to be showcased and discussed; (b) a thematic section on new P4C curricula will be held as Open Source workshops; and (c) thematic roundtables will facilitate the sharing of experiences work in the context of small interest groups.

Overview of the Structure of the Conference:

Day one will be primarily devoted to expanding our understanding of complex thinking with lectures and discussions.
Day two will be primarily focused on evaluation of complex thinking.
Day three will include papers on new curricula presented within the simultaneous workshops.

In the poster section multi-faceted experiences, representing the richness of the worldwide P4C movement, will be provided. Thethematic roundtables will be held either in the afternoon of day two or on Saturday.

Official languages will be English and Italian.