Socratic Seminars

In Socratic seminars, the instructor organizes and orientates an authentic discussion within the classroom about a chosen resource that participants have engaged with before the discussion. This resource should not come from the textbook but could be any piece of meaningful media (text, video, art, etc.).

By using systematic questioning, instructors can enhance critical-thinking abilities and generate engagement and participation. The method relies strongly on students reacting to the proposed media.

Sikkink (2019) provides a well-detailed implementation strategy for Socratic seminars in an economics course. It provides step-by-step guidance from resource selection to learning assessments. Costs and benefits of implementing Socratic seminars are clearly stated in the paper. Starting Point also offers interesting insights about Socratic questioning.