Socratic method

Socratic method

(suh-KRAT-ik meth-uhd) 


noun: A method of teaching in which, instead of giving the answer, the teacher guides students to it by asking them a series of questions.


After Greek philosopher Socrates (c. 470-399 BCE) who employed this method in his teaching. Earliest documented use: 1741. Socrates’s wife Xanthippe has also given us an eponym.


“‘I wait for no more than — how many minutes?’ she asks, dipping into the Socratic method. ‘Seven,’ the room answers in unison.”
Janelle Nanos; Joanne Chang Won’t Rest Until Everything Is Perfect;Boston Globe (Massachusetts); Nov 29, 2015.See more usage examples of Socratic method in’s dictionary.


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