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Focus and Scope

Welcome to the Journal of Philosophy in Schools ISSN 2204-2482.

This journal focusses on research into philosophy with school-aged children. What was once called Philosophy for/with Children (P4C) has developed into a sub-discipline of philosophy with its own history, traditions and pedagogy incorporating philosophical inquiry in the classroom and Socratic dialogue, particularly through the Community of Inquiry (CoI) methodology.

The JPS welcomes submissions which interrogate theoretical and conceptual understandings as well as those which draw on original empirical research on the pedagogy and practice of philosophy in schools. The journal also reviews new books and new teacher resources in the field. The aim of the journal is to encourage academic reflection and research on philosophy in schools, making such information widely available through an open-access format.

The Journal of Philosophy in Schools (JPS) is listed in the DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. It is the official journal of The Federation of Asia-Pacific Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA).

  • To provide an international vehicle for the communication of ideas relating to research into philosophy in schools;
  • To encourage professional interchange amongst researchers and practitioners involved with philosophy for pupils/students from early childhood to senior secondary;
  • To promote and encourage academic reflection and research (including philosophical/conceptual and empirical) into the growing field of philosophy in schools with the intention of making such information accessible to an international audience;
  • To support discussion and implementation of better teaching and curricular design for the development of critical, creative and caring thinking amongst school-aged students through increased understanding and use of philosophical inquiry and thinking skills in the classroom;
  • To enrich the understanding that the role philosophy plays in pedagogy and the beneficial outcomes of teaching philosophy to students;
  • To promote the role of philosophy in developing critical thinking skills, social skills and empathetic behaviour that enhances the character and judgement (both moral and social) of those who engage with such concepts, particularly through the Community of Inquiry (CoI) methodology;
  • To provide a vehicle for discussion about the place of philosophy in the curriculum, in Australasia and world-wide;
  • To promote discussion and collaboration between researchers into philosophy in schools that includes academics within universities as well as schools and the wider community of scholars. The focus of this critical discussion may include logic, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, creativity, philosophy of science, mind, personhood, community, thinking, dialogue, caring and empathy, and related topics concerning philosophy, inquiry and classroom pedagogy.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published twice annually.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The journal and all articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY). There is no embargo on reproduction or sharing of the journal’s content.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish and cite data supporting their articles in appropriate repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration


Journal of Philosophy in Schools is supported by the Federation of Asia-Pacific Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) and by the University of Birmingham (UoB).



The Journal of Philosophy in Schools is the official journal of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations. The Journal was formed in 2013 and replaces the Federation's previous journal - Critical and Creative Thinking - which was published between 1993 and 2008.

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