A Socratic seminar can be a powerful tool for increasing students’ ability to analyze and interpret data. Most commonly used for text-based discussion, we found that using Socratic seminar to engage students with data contributes to student understanding by allowing them to reason through and process complex information as a group. This approach also provides teachers with insights about student misconceptions and understanding of concepts by listening to the student-driven discussion. This article reports on Socratic seminar in the context of a high school type 2 diabetes curriculum that explores gene and environment interactions. A case study illustrates how Socratic seminar is applied in a classroom and how students engage with the process. General characteristics of Socratic seminar are discussed at the end of the article.
Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding
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Joan Griswold, Loren Shaw, Maureen Munn; Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding. The American Biology Teacher 1 August 2017; 79 (6): 492–495. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.6.492
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