The published research of University of St Andrews philosophers has been
used to inform, support, and develop the work of teachers of philosophy in
primary and secondary education, principally within Scotland where the
teaching of philosophy has doubled in the last 10 years [S7]. There are
two elements to the impact.
(1) Colleagues' world-leading research into philosophical topics and
authors covered by school syllabi has been made accessible to
secondary-school teachers and their pupils, via `introductory'
publications, via events and personal contacts in St Andrews and in
schools, and via a formal programme of continuing professional
development. To date, teachers from one-third of all Scottish centres
(schools/colleges) delivering Philosophy Higher have received accredited
philosophy training via this St Andrews programme — this is significant
insofar as it is not currently possible for teachers to complete a course
of Initial Teacher Education in Philosophy in Scotland, meaning teachers
must gain philosophy training and support elsewhere.
(2) Berys Gaut's novel philosophical work on creativity has had an impact
on the teaching of philosophy to very young children, mediated both
through a book for teachers co-authored by Gaut with a nursery-school
teacher, and by events and personal contacts as detailed below. Both
elements of impact have been coordinated by Dr Lisa Jones, under the
auspices of a philosophy-in-schools programme (POPS) [see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/philosophy/pops/].