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Designing Effective Discussion Questions


A good question is both answerable and challenging. It will inspire analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and critical thinking. This Stanford University website provides types of questions that are both effective and ineffective. Suggestions are provided about when to use which kind. You’ll also find useful information on how to manage group dynamics.

Key Points

  • Start with Materials students are familiar with, then build into more complex questions
  • There are multiple types of effective questions that can spark discussion
  • Avoid ineffective questions, such as "yes-no" questions

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