Questioning Technique Pocketbook

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Description Teachers’ questions play a critical role, not just for the thinking they provoke, but in the modelling of questioning skills and the development of curiosity. Using cartoons, diagrams and visual prompts to support the text, this highly practical Pocketbook is suitable for all teachers. It separates out the elements of questioning – framing them, delivering them and responding to the answers – Questioning Technique offers both simple tweaks and fundamental shifts to turn instinctive practice into a highly effective teaching and learning tool.

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Effective questioning can be used to summarise and review previously learned material – it can draw pupils into the lesson and focus them on key issues and concepts, helping them to reflect on information and commit it to memory. Good questioning technique determines how much the class understands, diagnosing specific difficulties and allowing teachers to pitch lessons at the appropriate level. Expert questioning helps pupils develop thinking skills, encourages discussion and stimulates new ideas.

Evidence underpinning this approach

As well as referencing theories of constructivism, cognitive conflict and Vygotky's zone of proximal development, Questioning Technique draws on the research and theories/models of Benjamin Bloom, Anderson and Krathwohl, Gallacher & Ascher and Robert Sternberg.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The Pocketbook includes a section on monitoring your questioning technique. It advocates recording and evaluating a lesson and provides quantitative and qualitative questions to support reflection and evaluation.

Follow-up activities and support

Follow-up training is available from the author Gorden Pope and he can be contacted at:


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