#PLENK Art of questioning

I have been employing questioning techniques throughout my teaching career.

What I realized was that: The more I know, the more that I know I don’t know, especially through questioning.  I may even be challenging myself with lots of questions, as part of the introspective reflection process.

So what do I know?

  • “Knowledge is recognizing what you know and what you don’t.”
    知之為知之,不知為不知,是知也. from a quote by Confucius in wikipedia
  • Since I participated in CCK08 (Connectivism and Connective Knowledge), I was further intrigued by the use of questioning in the forums.

    What are those fundamental challenges?

    Why do we need to create new tools? What functionality are we looking for?  Are such functionality available from the existing tools? Do we have enough information here?  Are the existing tools good enough?

    Why would we need to improve end user experience? What assumptions have we made on user experience? Why are the end users having difficulties in using the tools? How would we improve end user experience (with the existing tools that we/they use)?

    What and how are these questions based on? Why would we want/need to challenge our posters? Why would they pose these questions? What information have they gathered to justify the questions?

    What tools and criteria would you use to evaluate your questions and responses?

    What are the essential factors in Socratic questioning? When is it useful? With whom? How useful is it? Why?  (in PLENK)



    3 thoughts on “#PLENK Art of questioning

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    2. I have read this http://fno.org/mar97/deep.html Very thought provoking paper.

      Just to quote a few statements here:

      “The single most important change in the knowledge business will be the centrality of independent exploration and knowledge creation by clients.

      Sources will no longer be static and fixed. They will be dynamic, open and available.

      Clients will select and (pay for) the palette over the mural, the toolkit over the finished work.”

      What sort of evidences are used to support these three statements? To what extent do you “believe” in it?

      What are the basis of the paper – observation, experience or research? How would you evaluate the paper? Do we need more evidence of research to back up most of the claims, arguments and beliefs there? If the statements are based on observation and beliefs, what would you suggest to do?

      Here is my response to your question https://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/transformational-thinking-behind-blogging-or-on-line-discussion/ and https://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/transformational-thinking-additional-hats-to-thinking/ though I haven’t answered my own questions.

      I think they would best be responded by many here including you


    3. Dear John,
      You are right on track with the questioning… As I recall, the First Oracle of Delphi was “Know thyself.” The Second Oracle at Delphi was “And nothing too much.” I will have to give the above statements and your questions more thought.

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