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ERIC Number: ED454236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Pages: 17
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Student-Generated Questions: What They Tell Us about Students' Thinking.
Chin, Christine
The purposes of this study were to: (1) identify the types of questions that students ask during science learning; (2) explicate the role of students' questions in the knowledge construction process; (3) investigate the relationship between students' questions and approaches to learning; and (4) discuss some emergent issues related to student questioning. Six eighth grade students were observed during class activities and interviewed before and after instruction about related science concepts. Students' questions included basic information questions that were typical of a surface learning approach, and wonderment questions that were indicative of a deep approach. Unlike wonderment questions that stimulated students to hypothesize, predict, thought-experiment, and generate explanations, basic information questions generated little productive discussion. Problem-solving activities elicited more and a wider range of wonderment questions than teacher-directed activities. Although the students did not always ask wonderment questions spontaneously, they were able to generate such questions when prompted to do so. (Contains 2 tables and 41 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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