International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Art of Critical Thinking through a Pedagogical Approach
Dr. Justin J. Barnes, Dr. Rebecca J. Tallent, Dr. Sharon Kay Stoll

Using the Maieutic Socratic Method throughout a semester can be a useful pedagogical approach for generating critical thinking through cognitive dissonance in general education, humanities and media-related education courses. By using the Maieutic Method, many important lessons and truths can be transferred through a question and answer that aims to create cognitive dissonance and encourage independent critical thought. In essence, the student learns not by listening to the instructor, but by interacting with the instructor and other participants.

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