The Socratic Method Today: Student-Centered and Transformative Teaching in Political Science

1st Edition

Lee Trepanier

Published December 12, 2017
Textbook - 170 Pages
ISBN 9780815371908 - CAT# K338269

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This exciting new textbook provides a sophisticated examination of the Socratic method for teaching political science students in higher education. It shows how the Socratic method is employed in the Platonic dialogs, compares its transformative approach to other student-centered teaching philosophies, and addresses the challenges of adopting the Socratic method in the contemporary classroom.

The book is divided into three sections that integrate these practical aspects on the Socratic method with the theoretical considerations of Socratic philosophy while also addressing contemporary concerns about teaching and learning in higher education.

  • Section One explores how the Socratic method is portrayed by Socrates in Plato’s dialogs.
  • Section Two compares the Socratic method with modern and contemporary accounts of teaching and learning.
  • Section Three examines some of the contemporary challenges of practicing the Socratic method in the university classroom today and how teachers can overcome them.

Written in a clear and engaging style, this timely intervention is essential reading for upper undergraduate students enrolled in courses that specialize in pedagogical techniques, political theory, Socratic philosophy, and law.


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