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ERIC Number: ED344203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Active Questions.
Williams, Steven F.
A study examined whether the technique of having students ask "active questions" (in the form of "I understand that...but I don't understand...") enhanced critical thinking and overall performance in the classroom. Subjects, 164 students in six tenth-grade biology sections and four junior-senior astronomy/geology sections, responded to a questionnaire concerning their opinion on the usefulness of active questions. Results indicated that: (1) active questions were helpful to students' learning and to their grade; (2) the questions introduced new ideas to students; (3) active questions made for more interesting classroom discussions; (4) students did not support using active questions in other classes; and (5) many students indicated that active questions negatively affected their feelings about the class. Active questions have made a difference in the classroom: students are generally more attentive, and through their questions, they have made the classroom a more relevant place. (One table of data is included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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