• What is Socratic Seminar?

    A Socratic Seminar is method to try to understand information by creating a dialectic in class in regards to a specific text. In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas in the text through rigorously thoughtful dialogue, rather than by memorizing bits of information.

    What does Socratic mean?

    Socratic comes from the name Socrates.  Socrates (ca. 470-399 B.C.) was a Classical Greek philosopher who developed a Theory of Knowledge.

    What was Socrates' Theory of Knowledge? 

    Socrates was convinced that the surest way to attain reliable knowledge was through the practice of disciplined conversation.  He called this method dialectic.

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