are Didactic Questions?
questioning offers the teacher a way to structure the learning process
(McNeil & Wiles, 1990). Didactic questions tend to be convergent,
factual, and often begin with "what," "where,"
"when," and "how." They can be effectively used
to diagnose recall and comprehension skills, to draw on prior learning
experiences, to determine the extent to which lesson objectives
were achieved, to provide practice, and to aid retention of information
or processes. Teachers should remember that didactic questions can
be simplistic, can encourage guessing, and can discourage insightful
answers or creativity. However, effectiveness of this method can
be increased by the appropriate addition of "why" questions,
and the occasional use of "what if" questions.
(Instructional Approaches: A
Framework for Professional Practice, Saskatchewan Education,
is its purpose?
and socratic questions are effective techniques that seek to draw
the student into the lecture as a participant.