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The Anatomy of An Argument

“A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.” -Salman Rushdie, October 2012 Introduction Welcome to The Anatomy of an Argument , the first course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! We have established the essential role of dialogue and argumentation in a democratic society. Innovation and the development [...]

Errors in Logic – Biases and Fallacies

“When examining evidence relevant to a given belief, people are inclined to see what they expect to see, and conclude what they expect to conclude. Information that is consistent with our pre-existing beliefs is often accepted at face value, whereas evidence that contradicts them is critically scrutinized and discounted. Our beliefs may thus be less [...]

Effective Logic

“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” — Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, 2005 Introduction Welcome to Effective Logic , the third course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! When we listen to the news [...]

Dialogue, Logic and Reasoning, and Civic Life

“Democracy begins in human conversation. A democratic conversation does not require elaborate rules of procedure or utopian notions of perfect consensus. What it does require is a spirit of mutual respect—people conversing critically with one another in an atmosphere of honesty and shared regard.” — William Greider, Who Will Tell the People Introduction Welcome to [...]

Situation 5 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 5, the final course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: Summer [...]

Situation 4 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 4 , the second course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Click the [...]

Situation 3 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 3 , the third course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: [...]

Situation 2 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 2 , the second course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Pedagogy!   In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming [...]

Situation 1 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Situation 1 Advanced Socratic Pedagogy
Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 1 , the first course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: [...]

Socratic Practicum

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 5 Introduction Welcome to Socratic Practicum , the fifth and final course in BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will review different ways to evaluate student learning in a Socratic seminar. In a discussion session, you will reflect on the purposes of each mode [...]

Socratic Reasoning

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 4 Introduction Welcome to Socratic Reasoning , the fourth course in BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will examine how to help students build the essential reasoning and questioning skills necessary for a student driven seminar. You will deconstruct student exemplars, providing feedback and [...]

Selecting Relevant and Appropriate Sources

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 3 Introduction Welcome to Selecting Relevant and Appropriate Sources , the third course in the BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will examine how the selection of relevant and appropriate sources facilitate successful Socratic seminars. You will evaluate various sources for their suitability for [...]

Building a Conducive Classroom Culture

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 2 Introduction Welcome to Building a Conducive Classroom Culture , the second course in the BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will explore building a classroom culture conducive to inquiry and critical thinking, as well as a space for students to express their thoughts [...]

Why Socratic Education?

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 1 Introduction Welcome to Why Socratic Education?, the first course in BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will explore how Socratic education can enliven dialogue, foster a culture of learning in the classroom, develop independent thinking, and civil discourse to prepare students for self-governance. [...]
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