Asking more challenging questions

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Resource Type:  Ideas and inspiration - Podcast

This 20 minute podcast reports on research conducted by Associate Professor Tricia Zucker who investigated the questions asked by early childhood educators when engaged in a shared book reading experience with students. Her work reveals that irrespective of student age or content being taught, 25-35 per cent of what teachers say is in fact questions and the most frequent type of questions asked are 'Wh’ questions:   ‘Who, What, When’. Tricia offers advice about how educators can pose questions that are more challenging and elicit longer responses from students.

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While the podcast discusses questioning techniques for teachers working with younger students, it is an interesting resource for teachers of older students who may find their students providing single word or short responses to questions. The techniques suggested in this podcast would also work well for older students with language modifications.

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