VAPS NEWS

 

Ethics and Conservation: Exploring the ethics trails at the Melbourne Zoo

https://www.zoo.org.au/education/events/ethics-and-conservation-explorin...

Primary and Secondary teachers will be given the opportunity to attend a free professional development day at Melbourne Zoo to support their teaching and learning practice in the Victorian Curriculum area of Ethical Capabilities. The professional development with be delivered by experts in the field of philosophy and ethics education from VAPS (Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools) in partnership with the Melbourne Zoo Learning Experience Team.

The content of the day will be based on the new Ethics Trail and self-guided program, Ethics and Conservation, which has been specifically developed for the Melbourne Zoo. This professional development opportunity would best suit Year 3- 10 teachers who are interested in previewing the Melbourne Zoo Ethics Trails and case studies, and/or teachers interested in developing their competencies for teaching ethical issues in a cultural institution and non-formal education setting.

Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Dates: Friday 4th May, Friday 27th July, and Friday 19th October
Location: Melbourne Zoo
Cost: Free for VIT registered teachers

 

Ethics and Conservation – Self-guided Trail

https://www.zoo.org.au/node/10118

Year level: Year 9 & Year 10
Cost: $18 per student
Availability: Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Book your excursion by calling (03) 9340 2788.

COMMUNITY OF INQUIRY - LEVEL 1 COURSE Semester TWO 2018:

Community of Inquiry Level 1 Training:DAY 1: 14th Sunday October

Community of Inquiry Level 1 Training:DAY 2: 28th Sunday October

Community of Inquiry Level 1 Training:DAY 3: 11th Sunday November
 
For more information about the course and to register, please visit the Level 1 Community of Inquiry events page. For questions and details on the program, please contact the Education and Innovations Officer.
 
 

'Consciousness and intelligence in humans and machines' Workshop for VCE Year 12 students

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute invite Year 12 Philosophy students to attend this one-day workshop on ‘Consciousness and intelligence in humans and machines’. The program has been developed in line with the Year 12 curriculum and provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge of philosophical principles, and aims to increase students ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions.

The program is brought to you by the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and features talks, workshops and a debate led by eminent researchers from three distinctive disciplines: philosophy, cognitive neuroscience and machines science.

Date:                     Wednesday 30 May 2018

Time:                    9.00 – 2.30pm

Venue:                 Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre

                              University of Melbourne 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3010

Registration:      https://machine-consciousness.eventbrite.com.au – please register your anticipated student numbers here.

Catering:             Unfortunately catering is not provided. There is a café in the Melbourne Brain Centre and students are welcome to bring their own morning teas and lunches.

If you have any queries, please email Amy (Project Manager (Marketing and Communications) Melbourne Neuroscience Institute): abugeja@unimelb.edu.au

The Journal of Philosophy in Schools has recently gone live.

The Journal of Philosophy in Schools has gone live! Journal of Philosophy in Schools (JPS) is the official journal of The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). The focus of the journal is research into philosophy with school-aged children.

It may be accessed via: https://researchonline.nd.edu.au/jps/ Volume 5 Number 1 asks “Why should we teach philosophy in schools?”

Links to other philosophy journals, magazines and books can also be found in VAPS resources section.

SPECIAL RESOLUTION

A new Constitution for VAPS will be voted on via special resolution at the upcomming 2018 AGM. A copy of the proposed Constitution with all changes proposed in red can be downloaded here.

COMMUNITY OF INQUIRY - LEVEL 1 COURSE (SEMESTER ONE)

The Community of Inquiry (COI) is a pedagogical method for encouraging and incorporating philosophical, critical, creative and deep thinking in the classroom. VAPS is very experienced in training professionals in the COI methodology and runs two beginner level courses each year. The Semester One course dates are below:

Day One: February 18th at Brunswick East Primary School

Day Two: March 4th at Brunswick East Primary School and CERES   NEW DATE

Day Three: March 18th at the Melbourne Museum

For more information about the course and to register, please visit the Level 1 Community of Inquiry events page. For questions and details on the program, please contact the Education and Innovations Officer.

2018 - 2020 VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SPP GRANT SUCCESS!

VAPS is excited to announce that the Association was one of the successful applicants for Victorian Government’s SPP grants for 2018-2020! The grant will build on VAPS’ notable work supporting rural and regional Victorian students and teachers to access events run by VAPS. A media release about the grant can be accessed via this link.

2018 EVENT CALENDAR

The VAPS 2018 Event Calendar can be downloaded on the Events page.

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FIND A PHILOSOPHY TUTOR / REGISTER AS A VCE PHILOSOPHY TUTOR

The process for applications has changed. More information can be found here or by clicking on 'Resources' on the top-bar and then 'Find a Tutor' on the side-bar.