ERIC Number: ED557162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
The Effectiveness of the Socratic Method in Developing Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Learners
Jensen, Roger D., Jr.
Critical thinking skills are an important topic of the United States' education system. This study examines the literature on critical thinking skills and defines them. The study also explores one specific teaching and assessment strategy known as the Socratic Method. The five-week research study used the Socratic Method for developing critical thinking skills in English Language Learners. At the end of the five weeks, ELLs developed critical thinking skills, therefore proving that the Socratic Method is an effective strategy for developing critical thinking skills in English Language Learners. Appendices contain details on three methods to recognize critical thinking skills: Socratic Questioning (Appendix A), Socratic Seminars (Appendix B), and the Holistic Rubric (Appendix C).
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, English Language Learners, Definitions, Literature Reviews, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Grade 7, Intervention, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Scores, Language Arts, Qualitative Research, Scoring Rubrics, Skill Development, Achievement Gains
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska