In this lesson, we'll look at how this second type of classroom experience relates to the Socratic method, a style of inquiry in philosophy and education.Lectures have their place in the world of education.It is a forum for open-ended inquiry, one in which both student and teacher can use probing questions to develop a deeper understanding of the topic.
The Socratic method has sometimes been portrayed in movies or by particular teachers as an intimidating experience, where a teacher tries to put down the student's knowledge.
However, the modern application of the method is mainly about gaining deeper understanding of a topic and not about condemning a student.
What if you and the teacher had a lengthy conversation about the subject?
Not so boring, but maybe uncomfortable at times, right?
The Socratic method is a different style of education than a lecture.
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