Assessment of Philosophical Communities of Inquiry

This course is tailored for secondary Philosophy teachers wishing to have a better understanding of best practice in NSW in the formative and formal assessment of community of inquiry (COI), a core component of the DET Stage 5 Philosophy course and many schools’ programming. Specifically, this course will help teachers to consolidate and extend their skills in assessing individual student performance in relation to thinking moves (à la Cam, 2006) and collaborative inquiry. As such, this course will assist teachers to practise their skills in tracking metacognition and in composing quality feedback for students in these areas. It will also provide experience and improved understanding of student performance in formal assessment of COI.

This course is essential for teachers wishing to bring teams to the 2024 Sydney Philosothon, as it is the required benchmarking course which will equip teachers to judge competitive, inter-school COI. 
Delivery will be blended:

  • Participants will be expected to dedicate approximately 4 hours (individually, on their own time) undertaking professional reading, assessing a recorded COI, and composing feedback for student participants.
  • The face-to-face workshop will take place twice in 2024
    • 22 March at Newington College from 9:00am – 3:30pm for benchmarking and professional discussions with experienced practitioners.
    • Another date TBC (evening) – please contact the association for more details.

For the 22 March session, the course fee of $40.00 per person covers catering, including lunch and refreshments. Discounted tickets are available to members of the Association for Philosophy in Schools NSW. Contact the association for more information.

WHEN: Friday 22 March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
WHERE: Function Room, Newington College
COST: $40.00
RSVP: by 15 March via Humanitix