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In order to lead penetrating philosophical discussions, the use of a cluster of follow-up questions to an initial exploration of a topic is helpful. Susan Gardner (1995) labeled this process the second ‘why’, believing it was the key to a process that teachers often struggled to achieve with their classes, the philosophical level of inquiry. An example of the two levels would be: Q. (Level one) Why did she boast about throwing rocks at the echidna? A. Because she thought the others would think she was tough.

This involves directing attention to the interesting or problematic issues in texts and other resources as well as dealing with content. In arousing curiosity and recognising the benefits of the process of discovery, learning how to use the tools of inquiry must follow. The examples below have not been linked with specific levels or strands of curriculum documents, but are offered as illustrations of the theory at work. Example 1: SOSE and English Following a schoolyard instance of bullying, a class might consider the difference between harmless and harmful teasing.

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