Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

Open-Ended Questions
_____   What follow-up questions present themselves?
_____   What questions expand the discussion?
_____   How does the original question lead to new questions?
_____   What additional questions create a multi-part question?
_____   How can a new question narrow the focus of the original question?
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Questions that ask for More Evidence
_____   How do you know?
_____   What data proves your conclusion?
_____   Do others support your conclusion?
_____   Where did you find your information?
_____   How would you defend your conclusion with evidence?
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Questions that ask for Clarification
_____   How can you describe causes, conclusions or conditions in another way?
_____   What examples illustrate the situation, solution or conclusions?
_____   What does the situation, solution or conclusion mean?
_____   Could another explanation illustrate your conclusion or solution better?
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Cause and Effect Questions
_____   What caused the situation?
_____   How would changes in the causes of the situation influence the outcome?
_____   What variables are fixed, controlled or controlable?
_____   What is the effect of making a change along the way?
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Hypothetical Questions
_____   If you could change one thing, what would that be?
_____   If the situation was optimal, what would that be like?
_____   If the situation were to deteriorate, what would be the worst case?
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Questions that Synthesize Ideas
_____   What new ideas, theories or conclusions can you put together concerning this issue or situation?
_____   What ideas or questions remain unresolved?
_____   What do we understand better, more in depth after investigating this issue or situation?
_____   What do we need to explore next to stitch together a new theory?
_____   What steps would test our new theory?
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