FAPSA Advanced Practice Certificate

The Advanced Practice Certificate aims to enhance and refine teacher practice.

Prerequisites: An introductory Certificate plus 6 months of practice.

Contact hours: 18 hours over three days.

Course content: The Advanced Practice Certificate aims to extend the participant’s capacity in three areas: (1) improving facilitation / assessment skills, (2) the creation of classroom materials, and (3) understanding and using philosophy. Broadly speaking, these three components correspond to teaching practice, lesson preparation, and background knowledge.

While the three-day workshop program outlined below leads to the Advanced Practice Certificate, it could be taken in part or whole by anyone who wishes to improve their practice. Each of the three days are NESA endorsed courses.

Day 1   Achieving Ethical Understanding through Philosophical Inquiry

Shows how to use philosophical inquiry to build ethical understanding. Special attention will be paid to:

The role of the classroom facilitator with the aim of maintaining the focus and rigour of inquiry

The incorporation of thinking tools and social skill building

Showing how to support lessons through creating discussion plans 

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DAY 2   Developing Knowledge and Understanding through Philosophical Inquiry

Explores what is involved in students coming to have genuine knowledge and shows how to deepen student understanding of major concepts. Special attention will be paid to:

The use of questioning to promote deeper knowledge and understanding

Learning how to track classroom discussion to support student metacognition

Identifying rich concepts and creating conceptual activities and skill-building exercises

DAY 3   Improving student reasoning through Philosophical Inquiry

Introduces basic forms of reasoning and shows how to incorporate them into thinking about various kinds of subject matter. Special attention will be paid to:

  • The basic operations of justification and inference
  • The use of deductive and inductive reasoning
  • How to map reasoning and construct exercises to improve student proficiency