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P4C Pocketbook
P4C Pocketbook
by Barry Hymer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P4C in a nutshell, 15 Jan. 2012
This review is from: P4C Pocketbook (Paperback)
In an age when rationality and reasonableness are under attack by postmodernist philosophers, it is crucial that schoolchildren should be introduced to these virtues from the earliest age. A serious obstacle is the current pedagogical bureaucracy, which tends to squeeze out genuine education in favour of rote learning and constant testing. This pocket book takes account of the fact that the crowded curriculum makes it difficult to timetable two hours a week exclusively for philosophy, and suggests practical ways in which children can be encouraged to think philosophically through any discipline. The P4C movement is directed towards schoolteachers who are unlikely to have had any formal philosophical training, but who share the educational ideal of encouraging independence of thought, conceptual clarity, constructive criticism, reflection, co-operation, and creative imagination. This can be achieved without scholarly knowledge of the theories of professional philosophers, past or present. The book succeeds admirably in explaining clearly and succinctly the fundamental principles of P4C, while at the same time providing detailed advice on how to put it into practice in the classroom. Definitely a must for intending practitioners.
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Falling: 1
Falling: 1
by Gordon Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rashomon comes to Glasgow, 18 July 2009
This review is from: Falling: 1 (Paperback)
What I really like about this book is the way it is narrated entirely by the characters. Often successive chapters describe the same event from different points of view, without any overarching authorial perspective. This technique is very successful in keeping the story moving right up to its thrilling end.

The characters speak colloquially, but not in a deep enough dialect to make them unintelligible to a non-Glaswegian. Perhaps more could have been done to differentiate the language of one type of character from another - but this is a minor quibble.

I might add that the book is unusually well produced for a thriller, with a beautifully clear typeface and generous margins. Congratulations to the publisher as well as to the author! The Fledgling Press has definitely spread its wings.
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