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Presentation
Multiliteracies and the critical thinker: philosophical engagement with mass media in the classroom
PESA International Conference, 43 (2013)
  • Dr Laura D'Olimpio, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Abstract
Teaching children philosophy enhances critical thinking skills that are sorely needed in today’s technological
society. When it comes to mass art and social media, we need to discern between reliable sources of information
and the plethora of dross. Using a virtue epistemological approach, I claim that Philosophy in the schools
supports a values- and outcomes-based approach to education. There are measurable outcomes that are
academic, but there are also holistic benefits including social outcomes that emerge from using philosophy in
the classroom. Multiliteracies competencies is an important skill that can be gained by critical engagement with
multi-media sources. As such sources are commonplace, we as educators should embrace them, and teach our
students to engage with them critically. Teaching children critical thinking skills through the study of
Philosophy is important because philosophical thinkers continue conversations that seek to dispel ignorance. I
will support this claim using examples of engagement with mass art and media that can be applied to the
classroom setting.
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
D'Olimpio, L. (2013). Multiliteracies and the critical thinker: philosophical engagement with mass media in the classroom. Paper presented at the 43rd PESA International Conference, Melbourne, Vic, 6-9 December 2013