Socratic Questioning


This assignment gives you an opportunity to practice the method of systematic, disciplined questioning known as Socratic questioning. A good thinker uses probing questions to drive thinking.

The Assignment
Question someone you know systematically and as deeply as you can about something he/she deeply believes. Record the conversation. Follow the suggestions given here. When finished, review the tape and analyze your Socratic questioning abilities. (This assignment is drawn from Paul and Elder, 2006).

  1. Did you probe beneath the surface of the other person’s thinking?
  2. Did you ask for elaboration or examples when needed?
  3. Did you pursue connections?
  4. Did you try to get to the foundations of the person’s beliefs?
  5. Overall, how would you rate yourself as a Socratic questioner?

In your paper, include a summary of your Socratic discussion (the topic, the person, the content of your discussion and how long you talked). Then, answer the above questions providing examples drawn directly from your questioning session. Conclude with an assessment of your abilities to question well.

To complete this assignment successfully, review the lecture notes, online articles, and your textbook reading on questioning. Be sure to review and use the different types of questions: using the elements, standards, and various relevant domains.

Acceptable LengthThis paper should be at least 2 pages typed, double-spaced.

Formatting Requirements

  • Put your name, course and section number, and assignment title at the top of the document.
  • Use one-inch margins.

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  • Use a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Use double line spacing in the document.

To earn a top score, your paper should:
Be clear, precise, focused on significant and relevant examples from your questioning session. Support your reasonable conclusions with precise evidence.

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