Dialogic teaching and the Socratic method place dialogue, discussion, and critical thinking at the heart of the classroom. Across two articles, Jessica Richards explores the key elements of this approach
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The art of meaningful conversation within the classroom, often hailed as the Socratic method, is not merely a pedagogical tool but a transformative force that ignites intellectual curiosity and shapes inquisitive minds.

This two-part article starts by delving into the profound value of dialogue in education, exploring its rich historical and philosophical roots and considering the pivotal role of active listening and the creation of dialogic spaces.

Dialogue, when nurtured within the classroom, becomes the receptor for critical thinking, a catalyst for problem-solving, and a conduit for fostering engaged and empathetic learners.

In the act of asking and answering questions, students are encouraged to challenge assumptions, explore different viewpoints, and examine evidence. By engaging in dialogue, learners are compelled to articulate their thoughts clearly, refine their arguments, and consider alternative perspectives – a process that cultivates intellectual agility and empathy.

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