APEG in the Classroom

APEG in the classroom 


The first students trained by the Aberdeen Philosophy in Education Group (APEG) began their classroom experience in March 2015, working with S5 pupils in Robert Gordon's College.

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.



Since launching in October 2014, 21 students have undergone APEG’s 8-week training programme.

Tom Flint, a second-year MA Mental Philosophy student, and the first APEG-trained student to work with pupils, said: 'APEG has been one of if not the most satisfying and enriching experiences of my University education. Through APEG we are promoting critical thinking and reasoning in young people and transforming university students into balanced and confident public speakers.'

'Having philosophy students coming in has been a fantastic experience for the students at Robert Gordon's College.' said Kenny Primrose, Head of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies 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.'

APEG is directed by Dr Federico Luzzi.