the instructional skills, questioning holds a place of prominence
in many classrooms. When questioning is used well:
high degree of student participation occurs as questions are widely
appropriate mix of low and high level cognitive questions is used;
understanding is increased;
thinking is stimulated, directed, and extended;
and appropriate reinforcement occur;
critical thinking abilities are honed; and,
creativity is fostered.
Good questions should be carefully planned, clearly stated, and
to the point in order to achieve specific objectives. Teacher understanding
of questioning technique, wait time, and levels of questions is
essential. Teachers should also understand that asking and responding
to questions is viewed differently by different cultures. The teacher
must be sensitive to the cultural needs of the students and aware
of the effects of his or her own cultural perspective in questioning.
In addition, teachers should realize that direct questioning might
not be an appropriate technique for all students.