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ERIC Number: EJ783680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Using the Dialectic Method in the Competitive Scholarship Interview
Hendricks, W. Michael
Journal of College Admission, n178 p6-15 Win 2003
College admission professionals use the interview process as a tool for evaluating prospective students. Academic credentials and standardized test scores may attest to a student's academic ability, but they do not provide reliable insight into a student's motivation, character, intellect or basic values. To assist in this evaluation process, admission professionals can utilize Socratic questioning during the admission interview to develop a comprehensive profile of the prospective applicant. It is the dialectic method, founded by Socrates, which outlines that the most precise method of attaining reliable knowledge is through disciplined conversation (Stumpf, 1994). This paper examines the similarities that exist between the goals and characteristics of dialectic method--introduced as an interview technique during a session of interviews with candidates for full-tuition academic scholarships at a competitive private university--and the admission interview. It provides examples of how the dialectic method can be applied during the admission interview.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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