Daily Archives: 04/09/2016

Sunday Interview Highlight – Mary Roche

Each week from October to June I present a weekly radio programme/podcast where I interview people from Ireland and abroad who have interesting perspectives on teaching, learning and education more generally. Over the coming weeks in the “Sunday Interview Highlight” blog posts I am going to transcribe short extracts from a selection of the interviews to give you a taste of the interviewees’ views on some aspects of education.

For the month of September, before the new season begins, I’m taking extracts from podcasts that were uploaded and broadcast in 2015-2016. Below the transcribed text is a link to the podcast where you can listen to the full interview in context.

This week I have transcribed an excerpt from my interview with Mary Roche, author of Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks: A Guide for primary and early years students and teachers. In the interview Mary described how in promoting critical thinking among children she was influenced by Philomena Donnelly’s work on philosophy for children. I asked her how she integrated philosophy for children into her teaching given the fact that philosophy is not a subject on the curriculum. Continue reading