Normative Dialogue Types in Philosophy for Children

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Douglas Walton's taxonomy of dialogue types facilitates a normative analysis of different types of dialogue practiced in Philosophy for Children. The overarching goal of a dialogue in Philosophy for Children is for the participants to arrive at reasonable philosophical judgments. This goal determines the types and uses of dialogue appropriate to P4C, including five of Walton's types—negotiation, information-seeking, persuasion, inquiry and deliberation. P4C practice would be enhanced if participants and facilitators gave attention to the norms of the various types of dialogue they engaged in.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-171
Number of pages12
JournalGifted Education International
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 2007


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