ERIC Number: EJ717928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Using Socratic Questioning to Promote Critical Thinking Skills Through Asynchronous Discussion Forums in Distance Learning Environments
Yang, Ya-Ting C.; Newby, Timothy J.; Bill, Robert L.
American Journal of Distance Education, v19 n3 p163-181 2005
This study investigated the effects of using Socratic questioning to enhance students' critical thinking (CT) skills in asynchronous discussion forums (ADF) in university-level distance learning courses. The research effort empirically examined two coherent subjects: (a) the efficacy of teaching and modeling Socratic questioning for developing students' CT skills in ADF and (b) the persistence of students' CT skills following the teaching and modeling of Socratic questioning in the ADF. The results indicate (a) teaching and modeling of Socratic questioning helped students demonstrate a higher level of CT skills and (b) students maintained their CT skills after exposure to and modeling of Socratic questioning in the ADF.
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Distance Education, Critical Thinking, Questioning Techniques, Computer Mediated Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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