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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 41, Issue 1, March 2018

James Lee
Pages 45-63
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil201832383

Socratic Dialogue Outside the Classroom

Socratic dialogue is widely recognized as an effective teaching tool inside of the classroom. In this paper I will argue that Socratic dialogue is also a highly effective teaching tool outside of the classroom. I will argue that Socratic dialogue is highly effective outside of the classroom because it is a form of learning based assessment. I will also show how instructors can use technology like email to implement Socratic dialogue as a form of teaching and assessment, and thus offer a viable alternative to traditional assessments like exams and papers.