The Socratic Dialogue and teacher education

D. Knezic

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This article argues that the Socratic Dialogue in the Nelson and Heckmann tradition will prove a considerable contribution in training teachers. A review of the literature and empirical research supports the claim that the Socratic Dialogue promotes student teachers' interpersonal sensitivity while stimulating conceptual understanding. The article provides a new definition of the Socratic Dialogue and introduces the idea of common concept formation. A concrete Socratic Dialogue in the context of teacher education is discussed by way of illustration. Finally we suggest a manner of integrating Socratic Dia- logue in teacher education and propose a line of further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104
Number of pages1111
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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