What is the significance of the Socratic method of teaching to learning?

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Sep 13, 2016

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I see Socratic more as a platform to learn, than as a platform to teach. One can teach a couple of subjects, but can learn so much here. I must mention that philosopher Socrates believed only in 'dialogues' : he never wrote down his thoughts!

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Socratic helps in developing a basic idea about many things which are essentially complex. Once we know the basic, we may quickly grasp the details.

Contributors in this platform almost always provide relevant illustrations/diagrams/figures, etc. As a person writing answers for biology on this platform, i think no text book or teacher can readily display so many illustrations to go with the explanations.

Best part of socratic.org is its featured answers. You not only get to read the best answers, you even get to know how to write a well structured answer!

Learning is just a click away: whatever question you have, you may ask. Many a times structured course curriculum fail to answer all queries.

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Sep 1, 2016

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That on "Socratic" this question should wait six months for an answer !!!!
Well I ever.

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Socrates had a very special way of teaching. He did not teach. He did not give classes nor conferences nor talks.

Walking about the main square of Athens, the Agora where everyone who was anyone would spend a good part of the day, he taught ethics by questioning people.
His method is called "maieutic" which means "midwifery".

Socratic's questioning in fact was aimed at helping the counterpart of a discussion to find his answers within himself and to extract them with a forceps if necessary.
He never gave an answer. He might drop a few hints. But for the argument to be convincing the antagonist had to admit it by either delivering his own acceptable answer or by feeling cornered and incapable of further replies.

Socrates was the child of a midwife and obviously used his mother's experience to develop his method.
You may be also interested in knowing that he never left a single written word.
All what we know of him we owe it to Plato, one of his disciples who made him the centerpiece of his own writings.

By the way I think I answered a very similar question a long time ago.

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