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ERIC Number: EJ793133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Socratic Dialogue, the Humanities and the Art of the Question
Mitchell, Sebastian
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v5 n2 p181-197 2006
Plato's depiction of Socrates' interrogations in his early dialogues provides an enduring example of the importance of asking questions as an educative method. This article considers the central educational elements of Socratic dialogue and the ways in which these were developed in the 20th century, particularly in "The Socratic Method" practised by Leonard Nelson and Gustav Heckmann. The article contends that Socratic principles should be embedded within standard undergraduate modules and programmes in the Humanities. It views the questions a tutor asks in the seminar room as the principal means for establishing this Socratic agenda. The article discusses appropriate strategies for formulating questions within seminars, and concludes by proposing that the aim of such questioning should be more than just the development of students' knowledge of a given subject area and a facility with subject-specific and transferable skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom