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ERIC Number: EJ1027629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Socratic Questioning in the Paideia Method to Encourage Dialogical Discussions
Davies, Maree; Sinclair, Anne
Research Papers in Education, v29 n1 p20-43 2014
This study focused on the impact of using Socratic questioning, based on the Paideia Method, on the nature of middle-schools students' patterns of interaction and on the cognitive complexity of their discussions. The hypothesis is that an experimental group will increase in both interaction focus and complexity at T3, which is the face-to-face seminar when compared to T1 (baselines) and that this increase will be above normative increases compared to a control group. A quasi-experimental method was employed because, although the Paideia Method was not controlled by the researchers, the researchers did have some control over when to measure the outcome variables. Using SPSS 18.0, a series of t-tests and ANOVAs were conducted to analyse data first for interaction focus and then for complexity to test for differences between the experimental control groups. The study was conducted in 12 experimental and 12 control classrooms across six schools, in New Zealand, totalling 720 students (ages 11-13). Results suggest that the experimental group increased in student-to-student focus and complexity of discussion above a normative increase with the greatest level being in the Paideia Seminar (T3).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand