Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Questions to Stimulate Higher Order Thinking Skills

The following questions come from the following website - http://www1.appstate.edu/~goodmanj/4401/peerteach/questions.htm
Examples of Questions
Knowledge: Exhibit memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers.
· “What is...?"
· “How would you describe...?"
· “Why did...?
· "How would you show...?"
Comprehension: Demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating main ideas.
· “What facts or ideas show...?"
· "How would you compare...?"
· "How would you classify...?
· "Can you explain what is happening...?"
Application: Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.
·"What would result if...?"
· "What facts would you select to show...?"
"What approach would you use to...?"
· "How would you use...?"
Analysis: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations.
· "What inference can you make...?"
· "What is the relationship between...?"
· "What evidence can you find...?"
· "What things justify...?"
Synthesis: Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.
· "What could be changed to improve...?"
· "How would you test...?"
· "What way would you design...?"
· "What outcome would you predict for...?"
Evaluation: Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria.
· "How could you select...?"
· "How could you prove...?"
· "How would you prioritize...?"
· "What information would you use to support...?"