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Child and community of philosophical inquiry

Cassidy, C. (2006) Child and community of philosophical inquiry. Childhood and Philosophy, 2 (4). pp. 17-29. ISSN 1984-5987

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Abstract

It has been asserted in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that children's voices should have a place in society and that their views and opinions should be taken into account by policy makers and those others in authority. This paper suggests that children need to be empowered and enabled to become active, participative, political agents within society. Within certain countries - in this instance, those constituting Great Britain - Education for Citizenship is on the Governmental agenda. In order for children to be educated for citizenship, it is argued that they are treated as citizens not in the future, but citizens in the present. Additionally, to further enable younger members of society to partake in the role of citizen it is here suggested that the practice of Community of Philosophical Inquiry be utilised to promote the necessary skills for full participation.