Inquiry Question Samples

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Inquiry Question Samples

  1. 1. Appendix 3 Types and Examples of Inquiry Questions: A) Definitional Explain a specific term, concept, or idea. For example: “What is Human Security?” or “What is personal security?” “What does poverty mean in your country?” “Who are the homeless?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ B) Decision Making An examination of evidence so that a decision or conclusion can be made for action. For example: “Is the Canadian government living up to its claim, both nationally and internationally, that is proactive in the area of ‘child rights’?” “If the government decided to end homelessness, what would the impact be on the tax rate?” “Would that have an effect on the economic human security of others?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________
  2. 2. C) Comparative To examine the similarities and/or differences between two or more things such as ideas, people, events. For example, “How do everyday experiences of homeless persons compare to the non-homeless?” “How is Canada’s cultural identity more threatened by American influence than Germany’s of Britain’s?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ D) Ranking The hierarchical organization of items, ideas and events that share commonalities. For example; “How would you rank the importance of five areas of human security for a Canadian?” “What are your priorities for how government should spend taxes in your country and community?” “Is environmental more important than cultural, social or economic security?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ E) Casual To identify relationships among elements, cause and effect, similarities and differences. For example; “How is an individual or a family effected by the state of the nation’s ‘economic security’?” “What is the impact of a world economic recession or depression upon your community or your country?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________
  3. 3. F) Speculative These questions are based on a hypothetic situation. For example; “If you lost your job, how would your views of ‘social security’ be changed?” “If you were a recent immigrant or refugee, how does your sense of ‘cultural security’ alter?” ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

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