P4C Pilot Project

This special project is designed and delivered by our partners in the School of Philosophy, NUIG and introduces children to philosophical enquiry through internationally recognised P4C methods.


What is P4C?

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful educational approach which has been found through research studies to have cognitive and social benefits for children and schools.  It has developed over 40 years and is practised in over 60 countries.  The research has clearly established that it improves motivation, learning and behaviour as well as achievement for pupils of all ages, abilities and through any subject.  P4C engages children in developing their own questions in response to a given stimulus, in this project an artwork from one of the exhibitions.  They then enquire thoughtfully and collaboratively into their choice of question, guided by the facilitator.  Finally they reflect on their thoughts and participation and suggest how they could improve on their learning next time.  Consequently, both the process and the content of learning are simultaneously developed.




The selected school partners are Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway and Scoil Fhursa Nile Lodge, Galway.