Chapter five focuses on the importance of asking and answering questions. Skills Interpersonal communication Research, Theory and Practice refers to a question as “a sentence in which the subject and the first verb in the phrase are inverted, and semantically it communicates a desire for further information” or a way of asking for more information surrounding a certain subject. Questioning is an interpersonal skill which contribute to the success or failure in many different contexts as questions are a huge part of everyday life and are very important when communicating with others on a day to day basis. It is a necessity in order to grow your knowledge and understanding of the world around you as you use questions to gain more information. This means that being able to answer questions is just as important in order to get the correct information across so the listener can understand. Another important aspect of questions involves not only asking the question verbally yet using different tone, facial expression and hand gestures in order to communicate to the other person specifically what information you are looking for.
Research carried out by Cook, (2009) claimed that it is vital that parents encourage their children to ask questions about their surroundings and everyday life in order to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them as well as improving their level of social interaction. Due to this, is vital that it is included in education to allow children to develop the skills they need to ask and answer questions. Furthermore, it has also been used as a technique to keep children engaged while gaining new information during class time. This is backed up by further research by Manni, (2008) who found that when 28 teachers were observed for 400 hours a total of 5808 questions were recorded. However (Dillon, 1982) found that pupils as a while only ask around two questions per hour.
Reference: Hargie, Owen. (2001) Skills Interpersonal communication Research, Theory and Practice [Online] Routledge. Available: https://moodle.uws.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/33293/mod_resource/content/1/Chapter%20Five.pdf Accesses: 25 January 2020