Teaching Philosophy

Volume 38, Issue 1, March 2015

Robert Colter, Joseph Ulatowski
Pages 21-47

Freeing Meno's Slave Boy
Scaffolded Learning in the Philosophy Classroom

This paper argues that a well known passage from Plato’s Meno exemplifies how to employ scaffolded learning in the philosophy classroom. It explores scaffolded learning by fully defining it, explaining it, and gesturing at some ways in which scaffolding has been implemented. We then offer our own model of scaffolded learning in terms of four phases and eight stages, and explicate our model using a well known example from Plato’s Meno as an exemplar. We believe that any practical concerns one might have against the employment of scaffolded learning in the philosophy classroom ought not serve as an impediment to adopting our model.

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