The Aberdeen Philosophy in Education Group (APEG) trains volunteer Philosophy students to facilitate classroom discussion of philosophical questions among pupils in primary and secondary schools. It is the only programme of this kind in Scotland.
Research shows that pupils who take part in group discussion of philosophical questions improve their IQ, their self-confidence and their listening and concentration skills.
Since launching in October 2014, 21 students have undergone APEG’s 8-week training programme. Students began facilitating discussions in classes at Robert Gordon’s College secondary school and St Peter’s primary school in March 2015.
‘I am really happy to have the opportunity to work with APEG and to be able to present philosophy to a younger generation who would otherwise not have the chance to experience it first hand until an advanced stage of learning.’ Paul Ferrier, 3rd year Philosophy student
‘I think APEG is a great idea to get students engaged with philosophy in a different way than the usual philosophy degree would. It has allowed me to feel much more involved in the philosophy department as well as with students from other years of study who I otherwise wouldn't have met.’ Miriam Harrold, 3rd year student
‘APEG has been one of—if not the—most satisfying and enriching experiences of my University education. As a philosophy student one is used to a number of questions such as "is there any point to philosophy?" Well, through Apeg we are promoting critical thinking and reasoning in young people and transforming university students into balanced and confident public speakers.’ Tom Flint, 2nd year student
'Having philosophy students coming in has been a fantastic experience for the students at Robert Gordon's College. They have had their assumptions revealed and challenged through stimulating thought problems, Socratic questioning and vigorous discussion. I hope this programme will continue as it is mutually beneficial to both the RGC students and those who come to teach them.' Kenneth Primrose, RMPS Head Teacher, Robert Gordon's College