- The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) is the world’s oldest organization devoted to young people’s philosophical practice. Founded in 1974 at Montclair State College (now Montclair State University) by Matthew Lipman and Ann Margaret Sharp, the IAPC soon became the hub of an international movement, as visiting philosophers and educators established Philosophy for Children programs at their own universities, schools and communities.
- The IAPC’s mission is three-fold:
- (1) to conduct and support theoretical and empirical research into children’s philosophical practice, philosophy of childhood, philosophy in schools and the community of philosophical inquiry;
- (2) to develop philosophy curriculum materials for children and philosophy resource materials for teachers, parents and group leaders, on the model of Lipman and Sharp’s original curriculum consisting of philosophical novels with accompanying discussion plans and activities to be used in communities of inquiry; and
- (3) to provide programming for children and families and professional development opportunities for philosophers, educators, parents and others who work with children and youth.
- Link to website: http://www.montclair.edu/iapc