As a teacher or instructor, why do I want to use questioning?

Questioning may be one of the most powerful and flexible of all teaching and instructional tools. What can it be used for?

  • to summarize and draw discussions to a close
  • to help people diagnose own problems, answer own questions, or to think for themselves -- to promote critical thinking
  • to encourage all participants to fully participate, and to expand and develop their responses to be less superficial.
  • to keep the group on topic since questions also can guide a discussion
  • to check out understanding or agreement
  • to arouse interest and capture attention through the evocation of curiousity and uncertainty
  • to discover present knowledge of a group or individual and diagnose and assess where a student is "at"
  • to obtain helpful advice, criticism, feedback or suggestions
  • to get information about a subject or person

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