2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Questions: Why Do Teachers Ask Them?


Hailey E. Rupprecht
Dr. Wendy S. Miner, Faculty Mentor

Questions are an integral aspect of education. This research focused on observing three recent MAE graduates in the NEMO area and studying the questions they asked in a lesson. We observed each participant three times, recording all of the questions asked by the teacher in a lesson. We concluded that teachers ask questions to promote critical thinking, motivate students to be actively involved, review learning, and check for understanding as a formative assessment. While these categories are distinct, the majority of the questions posed by teachers were a combination of these categories (for example, motivating students to be actively thinking critically). Our conclusion is that teachers do ask a variety of types of questions for a variety of reasons. Further, an analysis of those questions allowed teachers to reflect on their questioning skills and how they wanted to change. One implication for the MAE programs may be to encourage reflective practice and questioning techniques in particular.

Keywords: Questions, Teachers, Types of Questions

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 307-1
Location: MC 208
Time: 1:30

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