Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP) Mid-Year Conference 2014 24-25 October 2014 Philippine Normal University, Manila
Theme: "The Role of Philosophy in the K-12: Pedagogy and Content"
Invited Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Florentino Hornedo, University of Santo Tomas Dr. Napoleon Juanillo, Commission on Higher Education This conference is an appendage of the national conference held last April 1-4,
2014 at San Pablo Seminary in Baguio which discussed the structural and
curriculum changes of the K to 12 to the discipline and teaching of
philosophy in the basic and higher education. In that conference, we
discussed world trends in education, teaching philosophy to children,
the state of philosophy in the seminary, multi-disciplinal approaches, instruments for measuring thinking, etc. We also had a workshop on the making of an outcomes-based syllabus.
adjustments introduce a climate of chaos, ambiguity, and insecurity to
all Filipino teachers but we philosophy professors view this impasse as
midwifing a new vision for philosophy. We teach that philosophy is not
really a discipline but an approach to reality and that teaching
philosophy is not a job but a vocation. We commit to stay with the
difficult process of laboring to find new ways of teaching philosophy
that would form minds that trust and seek truth in the age of
transnationalism, multi-cultural environments with real and virtual scapes, with recurring problems of injustice, corruption, and armed conflict.
the CHED Memorandum Order No. 20, it is demanded that the teaching of
philosophy should take the approach of general education. This implies
that disciplines which we consider as leaning towards philosophy (such
as the new integrated program for values formation from Kindergarten to
Grade 10 “Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao”, the elective for Grade 11 students
“Introduction to World Religions and Beliefs”, the course “Introduction
to the Philosophy of the Human Person”, the tertiary GE courses
“Understanding the Self” and “Ethics”) cannot anymore assume a
disciplinal perspective but a cross-disciplinal one. This also implies that these courses need not be taught exclusively by professors with degrees in philosophy.
said CHED memo cites Carol Schneider, president of the Association of
American Colleges and Universities: “…it is no longer a ‘multiple-choice’ world; instead, ‘big-picture
thinking’ is in demand amid the complexity of life and massive
explosion of knowledge across all fields. The globalized, technology-driven
world order, with effects both good and ill, has also spawned different
types of realities and problems that individuals and societies are
expected to deal with in different facets of life. Issues of health,
climate change, crime, and socio-economic disparity are no longer
confined to national borders, making a board understanding of the world
imperative. At the same time, to make sense of the world, perspectives
must be grounded in home realities and securely anchored on a sense of
personal and national identity and self-understanding.” (In Defense of a Liberal Education, Forbes, 10 August 2009).
We would therefore like the discourse for the mid-year to be based on, but not limited to, the following thematic streams:
o Infusion of philosophy in the following GE courses:
Understanding the Self Readings in Philippine History The Contemporary World Mathematics in the Modern World Purposive Communication Art Appreciation Science, Technology and Society Ethics
o Pedagogical Styles o Philosophy for Children o Critique of the K-12 system
Potential contributors must send a 300-word
abstract with an outline of their paper presentation. All biographic
information should be in a separate file to be sent with the abstract
and outline. The document must be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
submissions and inquiries, please email email@example.com. The
deadline of submission is 5 September 2014. Notification of acceptance
will be sent by 19 September 2014.
The fee for this two-day conference is Php2,500 which covers meals, and includes the conference kit, certificate of participation, and PAP shirt.
earnestly invite all philosophers, in all disciplines, across levels of
education, to the agora and discuss this grave matter of how to educate
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