ERIC Number: ED251790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Classroom Applications of Questioning Strategies.
Children are capable of good thinking, asking perceptive questions, ferreting out implications, making applications, formulating conclusions, and making valid predictions and evaluations. Evidence indicates that these capabilities can be improved by teaching children about questions and questioning. Before such questioning strategies have much impact in the classroom, however, it will be necessary to include instruction about questions and questioning in preservice and inservice courses and workshops for teachers. On-the-spot discussion guided by a skillful teacher is probably one of the best techniques for developing children's ability to react mentally with meanings embedded in printed symbols. The teacher, however, must carefully prepare for each discussion and be ready with astute questions and remarks, ready to follow and guide discussions into proper channels, ready to step back when children are taking over in ways conducive to growth in their thinking processes, and ready to step in with a question or remark that will stimulate further mental activity and afford subtle guidance in arriving at a sound judgment. There seems to be no good reason why such comprehension instruction cannot begin at the primary school level. (RBW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-10, 1984). For related document see CS 007 769.