Situated Communication (Hargie 2011)

The main aim of the text is to provide the readers with appropriate knowledge on the importance of questioning within different types of communication. The key themes that I have identified throughout the text include; the importance of questioning, the advantages of questioning and how to be an effective communicator in todays society.

Within the document, Bolden (2009:122) noted that questions allow the questioner to control the conversation by ‘requesting the addressee to engage with a specific topic and/or perform a particular responsive action’. This statement demonstrates the importance of questioning within conversation in order to identify and analyse important information which may be needed for a particular reason. This may also open-up new doors of knowledge which the addressee may not have been willing to share.

Within this reading, it was stated that leading questions and open-ended questions should not be used when speaking to children. However, I disagree with this statement, to an extent. Many children may become confused when asked questions of this nature, however children develop and learn at different stages and therefore, I would not disregard these questions with all children. When children reach a certain age or become more mature through-out school, some children may enjoy answering these type of questions, voicing their opinions or beliefs if they feel passionate about a certain subject or just even enjoy a challenge.

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