QUESTIONS AND QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES FOR PBL
Tutorial Methods of Instruction
Session 3 - September 13, 2000

Session Objectives

A. To assist group facilitators in becoming aware of the different levels of questions, and how specific levels can be utilized to stimulate higher level thinking behaviors

B. To help group facilitators in acquiring the skills to utilize different levels of questioning in guiding tutorial groups
 

1.    New round of introductions

2.    Progress report on group facilitator experience

3.    General background about questions and questioning

    A.    Importance of questions
    B.    General questioning techniques - expanded on overhead handout
    C.    Class Discussion: what roles can questions play in the PBL process?

4.    Questions from the cognitive domain

A. Introduction to Bloom’s Taxonomy- levels expanded on handout
B.Group Exercise I: identifying the “Bloom’s level” of example questions - a Bloom's quiz
C.Group Exercise II: writing exam questions for each Bloom’s level
    Pick a topic from the list below (or suggest one that is appropriate for the course in which you are serving as a facilitator.
    Write 1 exam question for each of 3 levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (in pairs or triplets, with a different topic for each).

    DNA replication

    Osmoregulation
    Photosynthesis
    Structure and function of proteins or of the cell membrane

5.    Strategies for working on questioning skills - exercise on questions from "homework assignment"

    A.    Individual Exercise. Reflection on “homework” questions - pick the one you like the best.
    B.    Group Exercise - Pool all of the group's best questions. Without knowing any additional information other than the
            question itself, think about the following for each question:
6.    Listening and its importance to questioning - expanded on overhead

7.    Next week - observe groups in action. What signs do you look for that a group functions well? Not so well? Prelude to next week's session on group dynamics

       In Subsequent Week - Practicing the art of questioning - a fishbowl tutoring exercise