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Between dialectic, eristic and deconstruction : of Socratic methods and higher education in the 21st Century

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by R Younis
Plato linked the Socratic Method to dialectic – in contrast to “eristic” which characterised the discourses of the “sophoi” – as a way of attaining knowledge and understanding in the epistemological as well as ethical domains. It will be argued here the Socratic Method, with some modifications, remains a functional and significant method in education, in spite of a number of critiques from some advocates of deconstruction and in spite of some recent emphases on “aporia” and the problematic nature of the Socratic “elenchos”. It will also be argued that the “Socratic Method” far from being a tired or exhausted paradigm, can, with some modifications, allow for a significant degree of “play”, just as it can provide, in the age of informatics, an important catalyst by which the creativity of learners in distant or regional areas can be stimulated as well as realised.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

5

Issue

4

Start Page

52

End Page

62

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

1832-2050

Location

Rockhampton, Qld

Publisher

Central Queensland University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Informatics; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Studies in learning, evaluation, innovation and development.

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