Drawing on the work of Christopher Phillips (2001) and others who have popularized Socrates café, groups of ten to twelve generate a question on the spot that will be the focus of an open, critical, and freewheeling forty-five-minute conversation.
To put the decision about the discussion topic under group member control
To practice holding a discussion on a question of mutual interest without preparation or the need for additional materials
To learn how to clarify areas of agreement and disagreement in discussions of questions generated on the spot by a group
To structure discussions so that everyone actively participates
How It Works
Each member of the group brings one question ...
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