Engaged Philosophical Inquiry (EPI)
Engaged Philosophical Inquiry (EPI) is a dialogical, inquiry-based approach that involves children with philosophical inquiries (i.e. a democratic and open ended conversation). Children will be presented a narrative (e.g. a storybook), picture, or natural material that will trigger philosophical questions (e.g. ‘Who is a friend?’, ‘What is happiness?’). Through dialogue, children learn to think, reflect, imagine, and reason together while they are exposed to different perspectives of one another. Engaged Philosophical Inquiry focuses on the questions rather than the answers, the process rather than the goals, and the connection among children rather than competition. This series of workshops will provide you with an opportunity to learn about EPI approach, observe classes, discuss the rationale of the activities, and see ways to create a learning environment that supports inquiry and collaborative thinking.
Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari is a post-doctoral researcher in Engaged Philosophical Inquiry (EPI) with Children in the Faculty of Education at UBC. She is passionate about teaching, doing research, and working with children. Mahboubeh has 10 years of teaching experience with children. She is currently teaching Philosophical Inquiry in SelfDesign Learning Centre in Vancouver; also, as part of her research project, she facilitates EPI classrooms in schools in Vancouver and Coquitlam. She is interested to know how EPI can improve children’s ability of ‘empathy’ and ‘perspective-taking’.
Mahboubeh is also passionate about painting. She has been painting with chalk pastel and acrylic, mainly creating abstracts and portraits. More recently, she has been focusing on empowering children through art. To know more about her, please visit:http://blogs.ubc.ca/epic/ubc/weber/asgari/