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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 38, Number 25. 2nd October 1975

What is the Socratic method?

What is the Socratic method?

The Socratic method is a method of self study aided by class discussion and questioning. In class, instead of the lecturer systematically developing six points, he asks questions which aim to draw these points from the students. Question-answer-discussion. It takes much longer for the six points to come out this way. Outside class, students must read the cases and materials on which they will be questioned in the next class. The questions are on prepared material. After class the students should digest and sythesise the discussion. Result: for every class hour, students must spend at least 3 hours self-study, according to a University of Chicago estimate.