Storywise - Thinking Through Stories
Storywise is a fascinating resource that harnesses the power of familiar stories to open up a space for children’s thinking and enquiry. This publication consists of comprehensive guidance for teachers on facilitation of philosophical enquiry; a range of worked examples of stories; and a web of intriguing ideas that can inform teachers’ preparation for their dialogues with children.
Age Range: 3 and upwards
Authors: Karin Murris (University of Cape Town) is a Dutch practical philosopher who has worked with children of all age groups for two decades. She is also an expert in children’s literature and her work has often been featured in the international media. Joanna Haynes (University of Plymouth) is an experienced teacher and teacher-educator with interests in language, oracy, literacy and participatory approaches to teaching. Joanna has been involving school children in philosophical enquiry and leading in-service courses for teachers for the last 16 years.
Review of Storywise, by Dr Sara Liptai
If you buy this book, you will find a stand-alone guide and the first installment of what promises to be a long series of specific resource materials.
One section is a guide to using picture books with young children in the context of the teaching of English, with many connections to other curriculum subject areas.
The common thread between all aspects of the book is philosophical enquiry, which is facilitated group discussion in the supportive but intellectually challenging environment of the community of enquiry.
You are introduced to the fascinating world of children's philosophising about questions of interest to them. You are given a great deal of guidance to prepare you for the unpredictable outcomes of philosophical enquiry with children, and then you are invited to throw away the crutches of the guidance, and start enjoying and building on the outcomes of the children's discussions.