Asking Effective Questions
Bill McComas, October 2004
Questioning plays a critical role in the way instructors guide the class, engage students with the content of the course, encourage participation and foster understanding. In short, questioning has deep implications for the way that students receive and process information presented and discussed in class. Research has shown that typical teachers ask between 300-400 questions per day; however quantity and quality are not the same. Even though questioning can be a tremendously effective way to teach, not all questions are created equal. There is both an art and science to the "asking of questions." Through video examples and discussion, this workshop will explore and articulate a taxonomy of questioning based on the underlying notion of "cognitive demand." The strategies shared will help instructors recognize how and when to use questions as an effective pedagogical tool.