Do Questions Help us Learn?
“Which type of question helps us learn better, solve problems through analysis, and generates more ideas that inspire more learning?”
Questions fall into two categories. One category is Closed-ended Questions. Otherwise known as Detail-oriented, Closed-ended Questions focus on specific pieces of information. I use the following question as an example. How many planets are there in our solar system? Before 2006, the answer was nine. However, given the size and distance from the sun, Pluto was downgraded to a “dwarf planet”. This means, there are eight designated planets in our solar system. The answer is detailed and specific.
The other category is Open-ended Questions. Otherwise known as Conceptual, Open-ended Questions prompt for inferences from information. Open-ended Questions inspire discussion. The student is required to read, abstract information, synthesize, and process data to answer the question. There is a vast difference between open and closed-ended questions. Both are valuable. Used the right way, students learn a great deal.
Which type of question helps us learn better, solve problems through analysis, and generates more ideas that inspire more learning?