References‎ > ‎Other‎ > ‎

Socratic Questions

From Wikipedia
The "Socratic method ... is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions."

The following list of questions follow the Socratic method and may be used as an example of how we might develop information during forum discussions.  Questions, of course, are entirely up to the participants, as long as they are within the bounds of the forum charter.

1. Questions for clarification:
  • Why do you say that?
  • How does this relate to our discussion?
  • What do you mean by?
  • What do we already know about...?
2. Questions that probe assumptions:
  • What could we assume instead?
  • How can you verify or disapprove that assumption?
  • Could you explain why you arrived at that conclusion? (Explain how...)
  • What would happen if...?
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement...?
3. Questions that probe reasons and evidence:
  • What would be an example?
  • What is....analogous to?
  • What do you think causes to happen...? Why:?
  • What evidence is there to support your answer?
4. Questions about Viewpoints and Perspectives:
  • What would be an alternative?
  • What is another way to look at it?
  • Would you explain why it is necessary-or beneficial and who benefits?
  • Why is the best?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of...?
  • How are...and ...similar?
  • What is a counter argument for...?
  • Compare... and... with regard to...
5. Questions that probe implications and consequences:
  • What generalizations can you make?
  • What are the consequences of that assumption?
  • What are you implying?
  • How does...affect...?
  • How does...tie in with what we have learned before?
  • Why is... important?
6. Questions about the question:
  • What was the point of this question?
  • Why do you think I asked this question?
  • What does...mean?
  • How does...apply to everyday life?