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ERIC Number: EJ869051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Teaching Students to Form Effective Questions
Stafford, Tish
Knowledge Quest, v38 n1 p48-55 Sep-Oct 2009
The ability to question lies at the heart of human curiosity and is a necessary component of cognition. The author stresses that forming questions is essential to human thought and communication. As such, forming questions is a foundational process that cuts across curricular areas and is embedded in content standards across the nation, including Cecil County. Clearly, it is one's professional responsibility to understand the complexities of the questioning process as deeply as possible. When the school library media specialists in Cecil County (Maryland) looked to content standards for guidance, however, they were struck by how little light they shed on the process of question formation or how questions work. In this article, the author discusses how school library media specialists helped students learn to form effective research questions. Faced with scoring students' questions on a system-wide benchmark test of information literacy skills, they turned first to their own library curriculum. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland