The Power and the Pitfalls of the Socratic Method in Teaching

October 11, 2007 - 5:00am
Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building.

Socrates believed that the method of using questions to elicit people's beliefs and values, and the method of arguing by presenting counter-examples, can lead us to a clearer understanding of our deepest values.  This method is, even today, one of the best parts of philosophy.  In this lecture I'll talk about what the Socratic method is, how it works, why it's so powerful, and where it can lead to pedagogical problems.

Event Sponsor: 
Center for Teaching and Learning
Contact Email: 
teachingcenter@stanford.edu
Contact Phone: 
650-723-1326