Sharing Space with Other Animals: Early Childhood Education, Engaged Philosophical Inquiry, and Sustainability

  • Warren Bowen


Collaborative research between UniverCity Child Care at Simon Fraser University and a philosopher in residence has yielded promising research in an understudied interdisciplinary undertaking: early childhood education, engaged philosophical inquiry, and sustainability. The goal of our work has been to better understand how Engaged Philosophical Inquiry (EPI) can be used with young children (age 4 and 5) on topics related to our local forest environment as part our centre's foundation curriculum on sustainability (MacDonald, 2015). Our guiding research questions include: What are children’s beliefs, ideas and concepts related to sustainability? And, how can we contribute to children (and adults) deeper understandings of sustainability by challenging our human centric thinking?