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LC Module: Reflection Questions

“Asking and answering questions is at the heart of high-quality thinking. Questions naturally arise from the desire to know and learn things and may be the starting point for a journey of understanding.” (Open University, 2014)
"Paul (1985) points out that thinking is not driven by answers but by questions. The driving forces in the thinking process are the questions. When a student needs to think through an idea or issue or to rethink anything, questions must be asked to stimulate thought. When answers are given, sometimes thinking stops completely. When an answer generates another question then thought continues. Teaching students to generate their own questions as part of the learning process is an effective way to boost metacognition and encourage higher level thinking.” (R.W. Paul as stated Mentoring Minds, 2014)
"Questions lead to understanding. Many students typically have no questions. They might sit in silence with their minds inactive as well. Sometimes the questions students have tend to be shallow and nebulous which might demonstrate that they are not thinking through the content they are expected to be learning. If we, as educators, want students to think, we must stimulate and cultivate thinking with questions (Paul, 1990)”. (R.W. Paul as stated Mentoring Minds, 2014)
“ReQuest (Manzo, 1969). ReQuest stands for Reciprocal Questioning in which the students ask the teacher questions. To do this activity, the students and the teacher read the text carefully. Then students get into groups to create questions they want to ask the teacher (230 Hurst & Pearman—“Teach Reading?) The same process can be used for the groups to ask each other questions.” (Hurst & Pearman, n.d.)

Achievement Points - The gears located on each module provide some research specifics why the strategy used in each module raises student achievement. You can click on the gear to read and click on the gear again to eliminate the research box retrieved. For more citation reference information, please refer to the Learning Connect Research Resource Guide in the left hand column of this website.