Harkness table

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The Harkness table, Harkness method, or Harkness discussion is a teaching and learning method involving students seated in a large, oval configuration to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with only occasional or minimal teacher intervention.wikipedia
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Phillips Exeter Academy

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Developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the method's name comes from the oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness, who presented the school with a monetary gift in 1930.
Exeter is based on the Harkness education system, a conference format of student interaction with minimal teacher involvement.

Socratic method

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The style is related to the Socratic method.

Edward Harkness

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Developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the method's name comes from the oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness, who presented the school with a monetary gift in 1930.
At Phillips Exeter Academy, he sought to innovate beyond rote learning by introducing the Harkness table method of instruction.

Boarding school

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Harkness method is in use at many American boarding schools and colleges and encourages classes to be held in a discursive manner.

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Developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the method's name comes from the oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness, who presented the school with a monetary gift in 1930.

The College Preparatory School

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In order to facilitate the discursive nature of College Prep's rigorous English curriculum, classes are conducted at Harkness tables: oval, wooden tables popularized by philanthropist Edward Harkness when he presented the tables to Phillips Exeter Academy in the 1930s.

St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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Courses have been taught using Harkness tables, distinctive elliptical wooden tables that seat 12–15 students, since 2005.

Masters School

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Nearly all classes at Masters are designed around the Harkness method, a discussion-based teaching method designed to encourage active participation in education, and help students develop listening and speaking skills.

Shady Side Academy

Many departments, particularly the English and History Departments, make extensive use of the Harkness table, as the majority of rooms in Rowe have large, oval tables.

Miss Porter's School

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Porter's utilizes a style of teaching similar to the Harkness Method, wherein students and teachers sit around an oval table for discussion-based humanities courses.

St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire)

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St. Paul's conducts its Humanities classes using the Harkness method, which encourages discussion between students and the teacher, and between students.

Pritzker College Prep

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Since 2008, Pritzker has partnered with Phillips Exeter Academy for teacher training and collaboration around the Harkness method of instruction.

Buffalo Seminary

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These classrooms are centered on a Harkness table - a large, wood, oval table where which students gather around to learn collaboratively.

Noble Academy (Chicago)

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It is a collaboration between the Noble Network of Charter Schools and Phillips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire and brings small group, student-centered Harkness instruction to Chicago.

Lancaster Country Day School

Originally developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the Harkess table method is used to encourage students to challenge their reasoning and discussion skills with minimal teacher intervention.

American Hebrew Academy

Greensboro, NC, American Hebrew Academy
Classroom seating was at a Harkness style table, teardrop-shaped that facilitates the socratic method.

Lewis Perry

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It was also under him that philanthropist Edward Harkness donated to the school $5.8 million to create the Harkness table teaching method in 1930.

Sir William Perkins's School

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The school adopted the Harkness Table in 2016.

New Jersey Scholars Program

The daily schedule starts with a morning lecture, followed by morning and afternoon seminar sessions around the "Harkness Table", which is meant to foster equal discussion among the Scholars.

Anthony Seldon

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He is a proponent of the Harkness table' teaching approach used in the US and the 'Middle Years' approach of the IB, as well a more international approach to education, including a focus on modern languages teaching and setting up sister schools in China.