Essential questions ‘ Essential questions allow us to explore what knowledge is, how it came to be, and how it has changed through human history.’ -www.galileo.org
Creating Essential questions
Your enquiry will only be as good as the essential questions that you can devise to guide your study, so you must create ‘great’ essential questions!
These essential questions are what will form the backbones of what you research, so quite a bit of thought needs to go into forming them.
Before you start
One very good place to start when devising questions is to consider what you already know.
By asking yourself what you know, you can start thinking about what you want to find out.
There is space in your reflection journal for this.
How to start…
First and foremost, your questions must be ones that you don’t know the answer to!
Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time researching something that you already know, and what is the point of that!
Make your questions open-ended, so they don’t have simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. This will force you to research deeper into a subject.
Your questions need to have meaning: either to you, and/ or to the ‘real world’, so you have a reason to do the research in the first place. Make sure that you are researching something that you are interested in!
Aim to create questions that will allow you to analyse, evaluate and synthesise, which are higher level thinking skills, rather than just based on comprehension or application, which are lower level thinking skills.
Following information adapted from http://www.iwebquest.com/webquestcourse/question.htm
Skills and question cues
seeing patterns, organisation of parts, recognition
of hidden meanings and identification of components