Socratic thinking was a new term for me and was on the course forums before I was involved. I was curious, so I looked it up.
Socratic questioning is disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyze concepts, to distinguish what we know from what we don’t know, to follow out logical implications of thought or to control the discussion. The key to distinguishing Socratic questioning from questioning per se is that Socratic questioning is systematic, disciplined, deep and usually focuses on fundamental concepts, principles, theories, issues or problems.
These are excellent purposes and ones that I use quite frequently in the Speechreading class.
This site gave me an excellent cheat-sheet of the types and examples of Socratic questions:
|1. Questions for clarification:||
|2. Questions that probe assumptions:||
|3. Questions that probe reasons and evidence:||
|4. Questions about Viewpoints and Perspectives:||
|5. Questions that probe implications and consequences:||
|6. Questions about the question:||
As with SO MANY other topics in this course, these are concepts that I was already using. However, learning more about the research and support, the finer nuances, and advantages and disadvantages of these various techniques allows me to fine-tune my skills and have a variety of fully-supported instructional strategies at my disposal.
I use questioning techniques often in the Speechreading course. The types of questions described above provide an excellent framework to delve into complicated issues, analyze solutions, and explore multiple perspectives on hearing loss and communication. Sharing these categories with my students also provides them with support as they continue to be inundated with ‘research’ and promises of cures for hearing loss. They will certainly need to become critical thinkers as they continue their lifelong journey in this area.