Learning to Question, Questioning to Learn: Developing Effective Teacher Questioning Practices / Edition 1

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The Qu:Est Instructional Strategy model (Questioning Understandings, Empowering Student Thinking) is an approach which develops and refines student conceptual understandings through instructional conversations. The complexities and challenges encountered by practicing teachers in learning to question productively are illustrated through teacher vignettes. A Facilitative Set at the beginning of each chapter describes the thinking operation or critical issue and why it is important to conceptual understanding, and how the chapter will be organized. Self-Study Discussions examines the critical issues of productive questioning using vignettes, lesson plans, and transcripts as references. Inquiry Suggestions and Questions at the end of each chapter invite the reader to investigate the Qu:Est strategy by examining a transcript of a dialogue or by observing a critical issue with a classroom context in order to personalize learning. Sample Lesson Designs are provided as a guide for conducting the Qu:Est Instructional Strategy. Teacher vignettes illustrate in narrative form the central issues of each chapter by evoking recollections, organizing critical points, and making meaning of learning and teaching experiences. Reflections of Teacher Learning follow each vignette. The reflection assists the reader in understanding how the teacher perceives the learning taking place during the vignette. For in-service teachers and staff development leaders.

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Editorial Reviews

Written to instruct teachers of grades 7-12 in the use of the Talent Development Model of Questioning, designed to bridge the gap between academic concepts and students' life experiences. It examines productive questioning from two directions, how researchers learn to use productive questioning practices and how productive questioning practices contribute to the dialogue between teachers and students to effect meaningful and purposeful instruction. Contains lesson plans emphasizing the development and refinement of students' conceptual thinking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205280360
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/9/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 425,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents



The Book's Approach to Learning to Question and Questioning to Learn.

Self-Study Learning Techniques Used in This Book.



1.Marylou's Journey.

Journey to the Student Response.

The Power of Questions as Student Learning Tools.

Evolving as a Teacher Educator.

2.Paul's Journey.

The Concepts are Relevant?

No — It's the Process That's Important.

Duane Returns.


If Good Teaching Is a Dialogue, Why Does the Little-Red-School-House Method Survive?
3.A Story Full of Sound and Fury.

Process-Centered Instruction and Questioning.

Classroom Observation Research.

Higher-Order vs. Lower-Order Questioning Research.

Cognitive Correspondence Research.

4.A Story of Light through Yonder Window Breaks.

Teaching and Learning for Understanding.

Conceptual Thinking.

Instructional Conversations.

Effective Questioning.

Questioning Sequence.

Questioning Patterns.

Productive Questioning Practices.


5.Questioning Understanding: Empowering Student Thinking.

Conceptual Understanding.

Qu:Est Instructional Strategies.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.

6.The Nature and Function of Productive Questions.

Vignette: This Thinking Stuff Is Serious Business.

Self-Study Discussion.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.

7.Collecting Strategies.

Observing and Recalling Strategies.

Observing Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Observing Strategy.

Recalling Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Recalling Strategy.

8.Bridging Strategies.

Comparing and Contrasting Strategies.

Comparing and Contrasting Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Comparing/Contrasting Strategies.

Grouping Questioning Strategy.

Grouping Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Grouping Strategy.

9.Anchoring Strategies.

Labeling and Classifying Strategies.

Labeling Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Labeling Strategy.

Classifying Questioning Strategy Chart.

Self-Study Discussion of the Classifying Strategy.


10.Closed Questions: Do You Understand?

Vignette: Opening Closed Questions.

Self-Study Discussion.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.

11.“Who Asks a More Beautiful Question.”

Vignette: Cueing Thinking.

Self-Study Discussion.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.

12.“Always the Beautiful Answer…”

Vignette: Back and Forth We Go.

Vignette: Making Conversation.

Self-Study Discussion.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.

13.Dealing with Correct and Incorrect Responses.

Vignette: Student Misunderstandings: Students Have Some Wild Ideas.

Vignette: Tracy Discovers How Christy Thinks.

Vignette: Clearing-up Student Misconceptions Is Not So Simple.

Self-Study Discussion.

Inquiry Suggestions and Questions.


14.Steve's Journey into Learning to Question and Questioning to Learn.

Status of Questioning as a Learning Process.

Lessons, Transcripts, Coding, and Reflections.

Vignette: Reflections on Erosion — Moving the Thinking of Students.

Closing Remarks.

15.The Talent Development Model.

Reflective Practice.

The Talent Development Model.

Types of Rehearsals.

First Rehearsal: Line Try-Outs.

Framework for Lesson Design.

Second Rehearsal: Blocking.

Framework for Coding.

Third Rehearsal: Dress Rehearsal.

Collegial Coaching.

Closing Remarks.

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