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. In a recent address in the House of Lords in the British Parliament
Rabbi Jonathan Sachs said; " We need to give our children an internalised moral
satellite navigation system so that they can find their way across the undiscovered
country called the future" Students develop 'an internalised moral satellite navigation
system' 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 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 through authentic cases such as global warming, sustainable living and
socioeconomic disparity. Various ways to foster group inquiry, critical and creative
thinking, and co-operative teamwork will be explored.
Click here for the Aitsl Standards covered in this workshop.
• 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 in Students
Matthew Wills is the project manager for the Philosothon
Project. 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
- Medical Ethics
- Censorship in Science
- The Golden Rule
- Absolute and relative morality
- 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
-"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:
Advanced Teacher Standards
- 1.2.3 Participants will gain an understanding of best practice in inquiry-based learning for ethical understanding.
- 2.1.3 Participants will be provided with methodologies for engagement and programs for teaching theoretical and
- 2.6.3 Participants will hear about new ITC based methodologies for improving teaching practices and engagement.
- 2.2.3 Participants will gain insights into models of best practice from throughout Australasia and a systematic way of
teaching ethics throughout the primary and secondary years.
- 3.4.3 Participants will be provided with a series of new resources for teaching ethics which engage student learning.
- 3.6.3 Participants will hear about a new national program encouraging critical, collaborative and creative thinking in
ethics including student and teacher feedback.
- 5.3.3 Participants will receive a range of assessment options used nationally and internationally in assessing student
performance in the formation of an ethical argument.
- 6.2.3 Participants will gain access points for doing relevant research and opportunities for program development
including assistance offered to pre-service teachers for training and assistance.
- 6.3.3 Participants will be provided with numerous opportunities for improving professional knowledge and networking
both within the workshop and afterwards through ongoing training opportunities.
- 7.4.3 Participants will hear about the current work being done by the Philosophy in Schools Association NSW and more
broadly the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association. (FAPSA)
Lead Teacher Standards
- 1.5.4 Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of learning and teaching and learning across a
range of abilities.
- 2.1.4 Effective, research-based learning and teaching programs will be used to enable participants to lead initiatives
within their school enabling them to evaluate programs and improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies.
- 2.2.4 Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge of ethics to improve the selection and sequencing of content into
coherently organised learning and teaching programs.
- 2.6.4 Participants will be given strategies to support their colleagues as they expand learning opportunities and apply
an effective ICT based teaching strategy.
- 3.3.4 Participants will be provided with resources that can be used with colleagues to review, modify and expand their
repertoire of teaching strategies in problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.
- 3.5.4 Participants will explore a new model of engagement and achievement which uses verbal and nonverbal
communication and which incorporates collaborative strategies.
- 5.4.4 Participants will be provided with a means of measuring student performance using internal and external
assessment which takes account of ethical understanding. They will also be provided with a process of evaluating
programs against an ethical understanding audit process.
- 6.2.4 Participants will be provided with a range of professional learning opportunities, including grant opportunities to
share with colleagues and some of these are designed to cater for the needs of pre-service teachers.
- 7.4.4 Participants will be invited to take a leadership role in supporting colleague teachers as they participate in co-
curricular learning opportunities.
- 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 Community of Inquiry and Philosothons- The P4C
pedagogy will be explained and we will see how it can be used to
engage constructively in ethical issues. We will provide teachers
with background information and practical advise about how to
prepare for a Philosothon.
- 11am- Morning tea provided
- 11.20am- Applied Ethics? (Years 1-12) Environmental Ethics- Here
we will focus on environmental ethics including human rights and
animal rights and see how the ethical theories apply to
- 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
- 12.45am- Lunch provided
- 1.30 pm - What is an Ethics Olympiad? (Years 8-11) We will outline
the rationale and praxis for an Ethics Olympiad.
- 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- Essington Int. School
• 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