ERIC Number: ED240511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
What Did You Mean by That Question? A Taxonomy of American History Questions. Technical Report No. 308.
Armbruster, Bonnie B.; And Others
The lack of systematic instruction in understanding and answering questions prompted the development of a taxonomy of 300 American history questions sampled from four current and commonly used intermediate grade level history textbooks. Each category of the classification includes a description of the information the question type provides the respondent and the information required in the response. The description is followed by a few representative questions in the interrogative form and a description also includes a target question, an excerpt of text that contains information needed to answer the question, a general format for answers to the question type, and an instantiation of the general format with the answer to the target question. Categories of question types include time, location, quantity, name, concept identification, explanation, description, and comparison. The taxonomy is followed by discussions on the profile of question types; the difficulty of answering questions; lexical, syntactic, and logical structures in questions; the complexity of the concepts contained in questions; the complexity of the relationships linking concepts; the availability of answers in test materials; textual clarity; requirements for answering questions; and student characteristics. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.