ERIC Number: ED350306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Questioning Mechanisms during Complex Learning.
Graesser, Arthur C.
The psychological mechanisms that underlie human question asking and answering during comprehension and complex learning were studied. The transcripts of 83 tutoring sessions on research methods for college students and 22 algebra tutoring sessions for seventh graders were collected and analyzed. It was estimated that student questions were about 100 times as frequent in a tutoring session as in regular classroom settings. Analyzed dimensions and categories of questions were correlated with the students' depth of understanding of the material. Students to some extent took an active role in self-regulating their knowledge through their questions, but they needed training in improving questioning skills. In an auxiliary study on question asking, the "Point and Query" interface, a computer interface based on the QUEST model of questioning, improved the speed and quality of questioning for 32 college students. Another study found that questions were stimulated when there was a contradiction, when anomalous information was inserted, and when critical information was deleted. There is a list of 132 references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.
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