QUESTIONS AND QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES FOR PBL
Tutorial Methods of Instruction
Session 3 - September 13, 2000
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
To help group facilitators in acquiring the skills to utilize different
levels of questioning in guiding tutorial groups
1. New round of introductions
report on group facilitator experience
General background about questions and questioning
A. Importance of questions
B. General questioning techniques - expanded on overhead
C. Class Discussion: what roles can questions
play in the PBL process?
Questions from the cognitive domain
A. Introduction to Bloom’s
Taxonomy- levels expanded on handout
Exercise I: identifying the “Bloom’s level” of example questions
- a Bloom's quiz
Exercise II: writing exam questions for each Bloom’s level
a topic from the list below (or suggest one that is appropriate for the
course in which you are serving as a facilitator.
1 exam question for each of 3 levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (in pairs or triplets,
with a different topic for each).
Structure and function of proteins or of the cell membrane
Strategies for working on questioning skills - exercise on questions from
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:
What might the goal of this question be?
At what "Bloom's level" would the successful respondent to this question
Is there a way to phrase the question that would allow it to better meet
its intended goals?
Listening and its importance to questioning - expanded on overhead
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
Week - Practicing the art of questioning - a fishbowl tutoring exercise