5th EPI Symposium

The 5th EPI symposium took place on January 24th.

Engaged Philosophical Inquiry’ is a form of community based dialogue that makes not only children, but citizens of all ages, ponder about existential and open-ended questions like: “What is happiness?”  “Who is a friend?” “What is freedom?” etc. The aim is to think critically, creatively and collaboratively and thus, to cultivate democracy and social responsibility.

This symposium is part of an ongoing series of symposia and workshops, which are conducted for faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practitioners who are interested in participating in this research, teaching and community initiative. At this meeting we welcome Professor Kim Schonert-Reichl and Claire Rushton, two faculty members and passionate practitioners at UBC to talk about how Engaged Philosophical Inquiry can connect with the core competencies within the new B.C Ministry of Education curriculum & assessment framework. We will address both, current opportunities and challenges as we envision EPI in schools. During the last hour of our meeting, we will have time to discuss possible workshop topics and speakers for our meetings to come in 2014 as well as our visions and goals as the BC hub of Engaged Philosophical Inquiry.

Date: January 24th, 2014

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Room: Scarfe Library Block 278 (UBC campus)


1:00-1:15 pm: Welcome and short Introduction

1:15- 2:00 pm: Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Full Professor in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC

Title: The New BC Ministry of Education Curriculum & Assessment Framework: Connecting the Core Competencies to ‘Engaged Philosophical Inquiry’

2:00- 2:45 pm: Claire Rushton, Adjunct Teaching Professor and Faculty Associate, Coordinator Social and Emotional Learning Cohort, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC

Title: Thinking outside the Box: What are the Big Questions in unpacking Core Competencies in Schools, with a focus on Social and Emotional Learning.

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3:00- 4:00 pm: Envisioning the Future of EPI: Group discussion

Facilitators: Dr. Barbara Weber (Associate Professor, UBC) and Tiffany Poirier (District Resource Teacher in Gifted Education at the Prince Charles Elementary School, Surrey)

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