Mar 2, 2015

Improving Critical Thinking with Questioning

Questioning techniques to help teach critical thinking.

Teaching critical thinking requires the student to question, and asking the right
questions leads 
to more discovery and eventually better understanding, and the ability
to be create in solving problems.

How? - focuses on developing practical solutions
Why? - helps to find the root of the problem
What If? - opens up the floor for creative solutions

Use this technique after assigned readings, case study analysis, scenarios/role plays,
watching videos, or lectures.

These questioning techniques can be used for individual or group situations.

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY:  Case Study/Critical Thinking
Bloom Level = 4+   (analysis, evaluation)
- Analyzing
- Reflective judgment  (Affective Learning)
- Student learn from one another  (empathy, other points of view)
- Teacher centered at the start, then teacher acts as a guide
- Student constructs knowledge, learner-centered
- Student filters information
- Student learns more from doing, than from watching only
- Student has a greater level of control over exactly what they do
- Problem based learning approach (investigation, collaboration, communication)
- Role play/good for group work
- Allows student to practice deductive reasoning
- Allows student to work toward becoming self-directed learner

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