Helping Your Pupils to Ask Questions

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Routledge, 2008 - Education - 66 pages
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Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Asking questions has always been fundamental to making sense of the world. Unless we are able to critically question what we see, hear and read, we can t solve problems, create solutions, make informed decisions or enact change. And in our information-laden age, it is more important than ever to be able to decide what s relevant, legitimate and valuable.

Helping your pupils to ask questions describes in-detail how questions can generate various levels of cognition, from remembering, understanding and applying to analysing, creating and evaluating. Focusing on the many different kinds of questions and ways that teachers themselves can model good questioning, this book shows teachers how they can help their pupils develop questioning skills through encouragement and a wide variety of targeted approaches.

The book also suggests ways to set up a question-friendly classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.


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1 Why ask questions?
2 Types of questions
3 The role of the teacher
4 Establishing a questionfriendly classroom
5 Strategies and activities for developing effective questioning
6 Frequently asked questions and troubleshooting
7 Tips for the teacher
8 Assessment and record keeping
9 Proformas for the classroom
10 Further reading

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About the author (2008)

Sally Godinho has sixteen years experience in primary teaching and is currently a lecturer in primary curriculum, teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne. Her research and professional development work focus on integrated curriculum, teacher change, oral communication and collaborative learning.

Jeni Wilson recently retired from the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. As an education consultant, Jeni has worked with teachers and schools across the Southern Hemisphere, and also spoken at numerous international conferences. Her teaching and research focuses on curriculum and assessment that caters for a variety of learners' needs.

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