Little box of big questions: philosophical conversations with children and young people


Gersch, I. and Lipscomb, Anna 2012. Little box of big questions: philosophical conversations with children and young people. Syresham, Northants Small World.
AuthorsGersch, I. and Lipscomb, Anna

Children/young people need time, space and kindness to speak openly about the things most important to them and listening can help facilitators understand better the root of children's thinking and behaviour, and can give an insight into how to better support them to reach their potential. Use these cards to provide prompts for a meaningful, stimulating and positive conversation about the ‘bigger picture’ in life. They will help children and young people understand their views about life, school and people important to them, which is enlightening for the facilitators too.

There are four areas for discussion:

•Identity – allows the child to consider what is special about them as individuals & includes: How would you describe the person you are?

•Important people–children are encouraged to consider who is important to them through questions such as: Who is special to you?

•Meaning& Purpose –questions covering our mission and purpose in life, for example: Do you think that people’s lives are set out for them?

•Thinking & Planning –the final set of questions allows individuals to think about how they reflect and make big decisions, for instance: How do you calm your mind, relax and think best? Have you ever experienced a big change in your life?

Keywordschildren; life skills
PublisherSmall World
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Deposited12 Dec 2012
Place of publicationSyresham, Northants
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A set of 16 A5-size cards together with an instruction booklet with ideas for use

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