Student questioning : a componential analysis

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This article reviews the literature on student questioning, organized through a modified version of Dillon's (1988a, 1990) componential model of questioning. Special attention is given to the properties of assumptions, questions, and answers. Each of these main elements are the result of certain actions of the questioner, which are described. Within this framework a variety of aspects of questioning are highlighted. One focus of the article is individual differences in question asking. The complex interactions between students' personal characteristics, social factors, and questioning are examined. In addition, a number of important but neglected topics for research are identified. Together, the views that are presented should deepen our understanding of student questioning.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)137-161
Number of pages25
JournalLearning and individual differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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  • IR-26412

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