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To encourage further thought Questions may be used to encourage people think about something more deeply. Questions can be worded in such a way as to get the person to think about a topic in a new way. ‘Why do you think Paris is the capital of France?” In group situations Questioning in group situations can be very useful for a number of reasons, to include all members of the group, to encourage more discussion of a point, to keep attention by asking questions without advance warning. These examples can be easily related to a classroom of school children. The Importance of Questions The facts and techniques that we teach are important, but they are also doomed. In 10 or 20 years much of what I teach today will be obsolete. For example, in an introductory computer class taught 20 years ago, I would have spent a great deal of time talking about punched cards. Today that knowledge is useless.
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Although facts and techniques are important, they are not the main thrust of a university. What makes a university environment unique is its emphasis on, and bias towards, self-directed learning and research. Teachers try to convey to students the process of scholarship, so that the students can become problem- solvers and researchers themselves. Questions Research relies on a fundamental concept: the process of questioning. A scholar constantly asks fundamental questions about the facts and techniques that make up his or her discipline. The scholar then answers these questions in unique and original ways. Because of the importance of questions to the research process, one of the things a teacher at a university tries to teach students is how to ask good questions, and how to answer them appropriately. This makes the process of questioning important in every class taught at a university. Questions are important to the students in a class for two reasons: 1. Students learn to ask questions by asking questions. Students learn to ask good questions by asking questions and then receiving feedback on them. Students learn to become scholars by learning to ask good questions. 2. A student asking a question is at that moment a self-motivated learner - a researcher. This is the behavior we are trying to nurture. Questions are also important to you as a teacher: 1. Questions tell you that your students can understand and are thinking about what you say. If you begin to talk at too high a level, students will stop understanding and thinking, and will ask no questions. Questions tell you whether your class is asleep or awake. 2. If encouraged, students will ask questions about concepts they do not understand. These questions give you immediate feedback when you are unclear, and tell you where you need to spend more time.
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