The aim of Socratic questioning is to pursue ideas, problems, analyze, ascertain what learners know and or they do not know, of follow logical implications of thinking. Let’s take a look at a video that demonstrates this process very well. This setting is a first year law school where the instructor facilitates Socratic questioning to allow students to dig beyond a correct answer but to realize that there is much more to learning than a single right solution.
Week 5 for week 6 individual project1
Larry A. Doxtater
AET / 531
3 Sep 2013
Problem Based Questions
Authentic Assignments based on real world problems
inductive: students learn the content as they try to address a problem.
Student centered, active, interactive, collaborative,
Probe reasons and evidence
Viewpoints and Perspectives
probe implications and consequences
Questions about the Question
The Socratic Method
is disciplined questioning that can be used to explore thought in many
directions and for many purposes:
• to explore complex ideas
• to get to the truth of things
• to open up issues and problems
• to uncover assumptions
• to analyze concepts
• to distinguish what we know from what we don’t know, and
• to follow out logical implications of thought
The PBL Method
Orients students toward fact-collecting to discover solutions to real
Builds on/challenges prior learning
Problems and ambiguous and require meta-cognition
Collaborative & Interdependent
CHALLENGES Socratic Questions
• Fact and Opinion.
• Opportunity to exercise critical
thinking of Student's prior
• Facilitator’s role is to steer
learners in the right direction.
• Questions should challenge
student’s misconceptions and
Problem Based Questions
• Facilitators empower students to
become self-directed and independent
• Better long-term knowledge retention
for PBL students.
• Potential to structure knowledge so
that acquisition and recall are
• Valid acceptable measures of the
outcome can be difficult.
IT HAS TO MEAN MORE THAT GETTING THE CORRECT ANSWER
Motivation and volition in initiating and maintaining my efforts.
Set my learning goals and decide what I want to learn.
Awareness of my responsibility to make my learning meaningful.
My Five Questions
1. Are mobile learning devices a good choice for your classroom? Why or why not?
2. Mobile learning devices can provide many benefits to your curriculum, but there are
challenges that you need to consider when implementing them in the classroom. What are
3. Mobile learning devices can also provide many benefits what might some benefits be of
having them in the classroom?
4. What types of technological integration tools are available and how can they improve
learning in the classroom?
5. Problem based learning is designed for students to solve real world issues. What types of
learning behaviors occur when using this technique.
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Gallow, D., (n.d) Problem based learning faculty institute: What is Problem-Based Learning?
Retrieved from http://www.pbl.uci.edu/whatispbl.html
UMICH.edu. (n.d.) Problem solving: The six types of problem solving questions. Retrieved from
Ornstein, A. C. (1988, February). Questioning: The essence of good teaching—part II. . Retrieved