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Asking Deep Questions
Any research centers around a central question or inquiry, and develops into a process that results in new knowledge created from that question. The process is recursive, meaning it will repeat and go back again, repeating indefinitely. It is not necessarily linear. Good research will involve not only the central or essential question, but will generate supporting questions throughout the process. The better or "deeper" the questions, the better the information search will be. The more practice you get with learning how to question now as a lower, middle or upper school student, the further ahead you will be in college, university, or your field of work!
There are certain types of questions that will help at each stage of the inquiry process and are better types of questions for your task. Below are lists of question stems that you can use to help develop the practice of good questioning
Remembering (recalling or recognizing specific information):
Ask about facts:
Understanding (comprehending of given information):
Ask about meaning:
Applying (using facts, rules and principles):
Ask about ideas:
Analyzing (breaking down information into its component parts):
Ask about parts:
Evaluating (developing opinions, judgements, or decisions based on criteria or standards):
Ask about quality:
Creating (combining ideas or elements to form an original idea or product)
Ask about making things:
Sources: King, R. (2012). Inquire: a guide to 21st century learning. Burlington, WI: Thoughtful Learning.
Teaching with the revised Bloom's taxonomy. (2009). Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Retrieved September 15 from http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/handouts /blooms.shtml.
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