.. I was developing a style that I would call "gently Socratic." Aron Gurwitsch had demonstrated the power of the Socratic method if questioning. But Gurwitsch's style was edgy; he knew the response he wanted and was impatient with students who didn't give it to him. I was learning not to reject answers I didn't like, but to follow the student's answer with a thought-provoking question that might lead the student to an interesting place.I find "gently Socratic" a nice term. It seems to come close to what the solution-focused professional does.
March 3, 2011
Socratic questioning. And while there indeed is some overlap between both approaches, I think there is also an important difference. While reading a new book by Elliot Aronson (his autobiography), Not by Change Alone: My Life as a Social Psychologist, I read the following interesting fragment: