Characteristics of Good Questioning

Examine the preceding questions in the light of the characteristics listed below. A good questioning sequence should be logical and should not ignore content, facts or knowledge. Above all, the questions should build from knowledge or factual detail to ideas and concepts. It is the concepts that students can transfer to new situations and use to analyze and solve problems.

Good questions should...

  1. be stated clearly
  2. be as short as possible
  3. have the interrogative pronoun located at the beginning
  4. require students to examine one idea or concept at a time
  5. be arranged in a logical order
  6. build from the simple to the complex
  7. develop and examine concepts
  8. require students to consider facts, concepts, values and opinions
  9. require students to examine a variety of perspectives
  10. incorporate and utilize a broad range of thinking skills

Teaching About Controversy

The following are points to consider when dealing with controversial issues. Because the teaching of Social Science is rooted in cultural and political values, often, what appears to be a straightforward topic is not. Teachers need to explore their own values, assumptions and biases and those of the material and resources they use before approaching a topic.