Questioning Students and Teaching Students to Question
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Questioning Students and Teaching Students to Question



23 - 24 Nov 2020 (2 half-days)

Mode of delivery:

via Zoom


8.30 am to 11.30 am (Singapore time GMT+8)

Closing Date:

16 October 2020 Friday


S$350.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$300.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials.


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Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.



Workshop Description

Critical thinking begins with questioning. Specific topics in the workshop include: questioning to discover the structure of thought, questioning to develop the logic of one's own thought, forms of questioning as modes of thinking, assessing thinking through disciplined questioning, the role of questioning in reading and writing, questioning and the disciplining of the mind.

(Though the day is divided into four sessions, sometimes a session topic will continue into the following session. Each of the sessions is hands-on, with active participation and guided practice at critical thinking questioning, usually in small groups.)

The Relationship between Questioning and Learning

  • Helping students learn to use questioning as an essential part of understanding and internalizing content.
  • Teaching students how to use the standards of critical thinking to formulate vital questions.
  • Fostering intellectual humility and intellectual courage through the process of questioning.


Strategies for Questioning

  • Forming a basic concept of the kinds of questioning strategies that foster the simultaneous development of disciplined thinking and learning.
  • Forming a basic concept of how to question students so that they, in turn, analytically question what they read, write, think, and believe.
  • Formulating root questions in the disciplines or subject matter areas of the course or class.


The Dynamic Relationship between Factual Knowledge and Skills of Inquiry

  • Teaching students how to regard "facts" not as an end to critical thinking, but through guided questioning to use them to begin and develop the process of inquiry.


Obstacles to Questioning

  • Identifying habits of thought that serve as obstacles to an inquiry.
  • Creating strategies for dealing with the challenges of questioning.



What Participants Said...

  • The Theory/Framework to guide thinking.
  • Has inspired me to try new strategies in my class.
  • Great materials.
  • Learned the different ways of asking questions.
  • Clear up some doubts which I had earlier.
  • Thought-provoking, helps me see the fundamental importance of (teaching) critical thinking.
  • Can pick up ideas to promote critical thinking.
  • More mindful about how to ask critical questions.
  • Ideas to try out in my classrooms.
  • I can apply in my subjects and the presenter provides valuable tips.
  • Provided a more structured way to give students a framework for questioning.
  • The presenter is very knowledgeable in this area of expertise.
  • How to think of questions to ask.
  • Learning is only achieved through questioning.
  • I have learned the importance of pupils’ asking questions.
  • Relevant to my specific subject.
  • The Thinker Guides are very useful.
  • Provides a good overview & fundamental to the topic of critical thinking.
  • Given ideas for student engagement & questioning for critical thinking.
  • The resources are wonderful.
  • New skills in the art of questioning.
  • Greater awareness of various types of questions to ask and its value in deep understanding.
  • Understand critical thinking & try to get students to ask questions.
  • A list of “standard” questions that I can use in class.
  • Formal structure to think about CT.
  • Giving a framework for CT.
  • Direct application to helping students engage in critical thinking.
  • Clarified some ideas.
  • Creates awareness of what I am already doing and what I can do more to improve learning.
  • The strategies provided are useful in class.



About the Presenter: Dr. Gerald Nosich

Gerald NoischDr. Gerald Nosich is a noted authority on critical thinking and has given more than 250 workshops on all aspects of teaching critical thinking. Since the mid-1980s he has become committed to teaching critical thinking across the curriculum. He is convinced that the only way for students to learn a subject matter is to think their way through it. He is the author of Reasons and Arguments (Wadsworth, 1982).  His second book, Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.

Dr. Nosich has given workshops for instructors at all levels of education in Singapore, the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Lithuania, Austria, and Germany.  He has worked with the U.S. Department of Education on a project for National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking Skills; given teleconferences sponsored by PBS and Starlink on teaching critical thinking within subject-matter courses; served as a consultant/evaluator for SACS Accreditation of programs at various colleges and universities emphasizing critical thinking; and has been featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of numerous articles, audio and video tapes on critical thinking. He has been Assistant Director at the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University, and is an associate of the Center and the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  Dr. Nosich is Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State College in NY, and Professor Emeritus at the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Nosich has not only focused on teaching critical thinking skills in subject-specific areas, but is also adept at teaching critical thinking across the curriculum.  Dr. Nosich is a witty presenter whose down-to-earth sense of humor adds spice to his practical insights.

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