Questioning Techniques in Primary Science

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Asking questions about what students saw, measured, understood. About what could happen, happened, should have happened... and more.

About. This resource deals with:

  1. Different types of questions - using Bloom's taxonomy.
  2. Questioning Techniques - questions to avoid, questioning a group.
  3. Common errors in questioning.
  4. Questions to ask children as they are working.
  5. Productive questions in science.

Pedagogical content. This resource offers the opportunity to think about the appropriate questions to ask at various stages of investigation and how to ensure high quality questioning(ta) at these points. This is obviously an important classroom skill, one which has a strong impact on children's progression, yet which can often be lacking in classrooms which tend to focus on fact-based recall questions. This resource offers an opportunity to think about such an activity and some prompts for applying questioning techniques. Although they are written for science, these suggestions could be used as prompts for application in other subjects. (edit)

Resource details
Title Questioning Techniques in Primary Science
Topic Questioning
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives
  • Identifying and applying different kinds of questioning technique.
  • Identifying and proposing solutions for common pitfalls of questioning techniques.
  • Identifying and applying higher order questioning skills.
Subject
Age of students / grade


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Acknowledgement

This resource was adapted from resources and original ideas contributed by Paul Warwick, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

License

This resource was adapted from resources and original ideas contributed by Paul Warwick, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.