I was recently invited to Cape Town and Johannesburg to speak to teachers, PGCE students and charitable organisations about using story and philosophy with children.
We had an amazing venue for the workshops at “Villa on the Beach” in Milnerton Cape Town.
Just a short walk over the dunes this awe inspiring view greeted us. Who couldn’t help but philosophise about life faced with this?
For more information about the 2 day Mindboggles course here please read the following blog by Carol-Ann Foulis from The DG Murray Trust.
Delegates busy creating a new species capable of reproducing to colonise an uninhabited world.
Much discussion about ability to sustain life and what qualities they will bring to this brave new world and extremely mind boggling, imaginative playdough creations.
I am fortunate to have been asked to return in September where I will also be assisiting on a new Story based Thinking Curriculum for Foundation Phase PGCE students at the University of Cape Town with Karin Murris and Clare Verbeek.
Karin has done fantastic work with SAPERE and Dialogue Works and her most recent publication with Joanna Haynes is Picture Books,Pedagogy and Philosophy (Routledge 2012) She know works in Cape Town and is founder of Mindboggles. www.mindboggles.org.za
Karin Murris is associate professor at the School of Education, the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has a BSc in Library Science, a BAHons (Leiden), a Masters (London) in Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy with Children. For her research interests see: http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/educate/staff/kmurris.php. She was trained by Prof Matthew Lipman in the US and is an accredited ICPIC trainer. Karin established P4C with picturebooks and helped conceptualise and implement the teacher education of P4C in the UK. She also set up the Masters packages Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Wales and Thinking Schools and Communities at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before moving to UCT in June 2012. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org