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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 11

Strategic Questioning

Listening, questioning, and responding are the foundation of good discussion. Learning to question well is a hard skill to learn, requiring an awareness of how to ask different kinds of questions. Strategic Questioning invites participants to partake in an exercise designed to give them practice in varying their questioning approaches.

Purposes

  • To encourage more questioning by all discussion participants
  • To practice a repertoire of different question approaches that promotes deeper consideration of a topic
  • To teach how to ask questions that are regarded as exploratory, not accusatory
  • To underscore the role thoughtful questioning plays in advancing discussion

How It Works

  • Facilitators introduce a range ...

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