About the Seminar
The rate of change in society is staggering. The complexity of modern life requires
that we sequentially and deliberatively build ethical understanding in students
throughout their schooling. Students learn to develop an understanding of ethics as
they explore issues and interactions with others, discuss ideas and learn to be
accountable as members of a democratic community. Inquiring into ethical issues
includes giving reasons, being consistent, finding meanings and causes, and
providing proof and evidence.
At this day-long seminar and workshop we will explore ethical theories and see how
these theories can be taught. We will also deal with how ethical theories can apply to
issues around human rights and responsibilities, animal rights, environmental issues
and global justice. We will help teachers develop strategies and resources to enable
their students to gain an ethical understanding as they interrogate issues. Various
ways to foster critical, creative thinking, and co-operative teamwork will also be
• How can we teach normative ethical theories i.e Natural Law, Virtue
Ethics, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism in a way that fosters an ethical
understanding in students?
• What do these theories say about human rights issues, animal rights,
environmental issues and issues around global justice?
• What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can this assist
students in developing ethical understandings?
• What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for
students to engage with other students around the world about
important ethical issues?
• I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom
and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?
• What is a Philosothon and how do students develop ethical
understandings through involvement?
The seminar will be useful for Primary, Secondary and tertiary educators. Also for
teachers of English, Theory of Knowledge, Civics and Citizenship, Personal
Development, Philosophy and Ethics, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum co-ordinators,
Chaplains, Religious Education teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals and anyone
else interested in teaching higher order thinking skills to students.
|Creating Ethical Understanding
Matthew Wills is an outstanding educator. He
recently concluded 10 years as the Head of
Philosophy Values and Religion at Hale School in
Perth, Western Australia. He has worked in excellent
independent schools in NSW, SA and WA. Until
2007 he was the Chief Executive Officer for DAN,
which at that stage was a network of over 450
Australasian schools and universities.
In 2009 he was awarded a Winston
Churchill Fellowship and an Australia
Award in 2013 from the federal
government for excellence in teaching.
He is currently an executive member of
SAPEA. He has completed level one
and level 2 P4C training with
the Federation of Australasian
Schools Associations (FAPSA).
He has been instrumental in the successful
introduction and growth of various popular initiatives
to promote Philosophy and Ethics for students
including Philosothons and Ethics Olympiads. In 2015
he was awarded the Outstanding Professional
Service Award from the Professional Teaching
Council of Western Australia. In 2017 his application for
funding from the Templeton Foundation was successful and
he is currently managing the Philosothon Project.
He is married with two children.
About the Speaker
Please book in here or email to; Dialogue Education
(ABN 53 345 326 968) PO BOX 116 Dernancourt SA 5075
- Intro to Ethical Theory
- Human Fulfilment/Happiness
- Natural Law
- Situation Ethics
- Care Ethics
- War, Peace and Justice
- Social Responsibility
- Human Rights
- Political Philosophy
- Theories of an Afterlife
- Kantian Ethics
- Justice & Fairness
- Freewill and Determinism
- Animal Rights
- The Right to Life
- Censorship in Science
- The Golden Rule
- Absolute and relative
- Virtue Ethics
- Business Ethics
- Sports Ethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Sex and Relationships
|Feedback from the previous seminar;
-"What an inspiring day! I feel resourced
and better equipped to run my
Communities of Inquiry"
- "I would have loved another day!"
- "I loved the sense of community,
collaboration and enquiry. Thank-you!"
- "An amazingly generous number of
- "It was great to experience what the
students do in a COI and to learn more
about the available competitions."
-"Matthew is a great facilitator... It was great
-"Great tips for classroom activities. The
COI was great.
- " Thanks I need to re-evaluate what we are
doing with our Philosophy Club in our school."
-"The take home resources are great
and will be useful."
-"Matthews presentation was inspiring and
-"I loved the engagement in the COI
inquiry practice. I loved the knowledge
and experience of the presenter.
Thank-you!" Matthew for your energy and
$268 – one delegate ($248 - If more than two delegates attend
from one school) Teachers from schools enrolled in the 2018
Ethics Olympiad will also receive a 20% discount on the
Lunch and morning tea is included. Each delegate will also
receive a free teaching package.
We will post you an invoice on receiving your registration details.
Please book in online by clicking here. You can also book and
pay with a credit card by clicking here.
Alternatively you can print out the attached flyer, fill it in and
email or post it to;
Conditions: Please note that cancellations will be refunded up
to October 3rd. If a cancellation is made after that date but more
than two weeks before the seminar there will be a 10%
administration fee. If the cancellation is received within two weeks
of the seminar no refund will be provided. Teachers ideally need
to find someone else to attend in their place.
PO BOX 116 Dernancourt SA 5075
(ABN 53 345 326 968)
AiTSL standards addressed in this workshop:
- 1.1.4 Lead Standard - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
- 3.6.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Evaluate and improve teaching programs
- 6.2.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage in professional learning and improve practice
- 6.3.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage with colleagues and improve practice
9.30am- Introductions and setting the scene.
9.45am- Theoretical Ethics - (Years 1-12) How can students engage meaningfully with ethical issues beyond a simple gut reaction and or whatever the
latest post online says? What are the different frameworks for ethical discourse.
10.30am Ethical issues and Community of Inquiry- This pedagogy provides a unique format for students to engage constructively in ethical issues.
11am- Morning tea provided
11.20am- Applied Ethics? (Years 1-12) We will focus on human rights and animal rights and provide a rule based approach and consequential approach
12.00 am- Ethics in the round- Often ethical issues can divide people but by creating a Philosophical Community of Inquiry students can engage in issues
collectively and with increasing depth. Here we will demonstrate ways of conducting a Community of Inquiry.
12.45am- Lunch provided
1.30 pm - What is an Ethics Olympiad? (Years 8-11) An Ethics Olympiad provides a forum and format for students of all ages to deal with Ethical Issues
2.00pm - How to prepare and run an Ethics Olympiad at your school. We will train you to be able to run a heat and show the steps which can improve
ethical discourse and awareness.
2.50 pm - Free Resources distributed to delegates.
3.00 pm - Finish
FREE TEACHING ETHICS RESOURCE PACKAGE
Note: Each delegate will receive a free Resource Package including
over 40 extensive power-point presentations including notes for
teachers, video links, Kahoots, revision games and much more. Each of
the following headings are covered in depth.
• Gold Coast- Wed 2nd May - A.B Paterson College
• Brisbane- Thurs 3rd May - Churchie
- Townsville- Friday 4th May- St Patrick's College
• Perth - Tues 8th May - St Stephen's School
• Adelaide- Thurs. 10th May - Pembroke School
• Darwin - Friday 11 th May- To be announced
• Melbourne- Mon 14th May- Scotch College
• Sydney- Tues 15th May- Mt St Benedict Centre
• Canberra- Thurs 17th May- Radford College
• Hobart- Fri 18th May- Guilford Young College
• Auckland- Mon 21st May - King's College
• Wellington- Wed 23rd May- Sacred Heart College
• Christchurch-Thurs 24th May- St Andrew's College
Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes - 3.00 pm
This seminar will be particularly useful to teachers of Theory of
Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate and those seeking
to integrate effective methodologies related to the general
capabilities in the Australian Curriculum particularly the general
capabilities such as critical and creative thinking