Hargie (2011) chapter 5 review

The aim of the chapter is to explain the importance of questioning and the different types that exist. The three different themes that Hargie covers within this chapter are the different types of questions, the different impacts questions can have, and the importance of questions in the classroom.

One claim that Hargie makes within the chapter is that questions are key to a child’s cognitive development. the evidence used to back this up was “it is important for the child’s development that parents take time to answer these questions”

Another claim that Hargie makes is that without questions conversations and interaction would be limited. his example used in the text was a group of four having to discuss the events of the week and conversation was very difficult.

Another claim that Hargie makes is that children will not ask questions within the classroom environment as they would be worried that their peers would judge them. one way Hargie backs this up is by quoting Dillon (1998) who states that “one major reason given by students for their reluctance to ask questions in class is fear of negative reaction from classmates”.

One claim that Hargie makes that i do not agree with is that “some open questions place more restriction upon respondents than others.” i disagree with this as i find that open questions allow for more varied and detailed answers that you may not be able to get from a closed question.

Some words  from the chapter that i did not understand were:  presuppositions, corroborated,  multifaceted and stenographer.


Finding out about others: the skill of questioning, chapter 5- Hargie, O.(2011) Skilled Interpersonal Communication: research, theory and practice 5th ed. London: Routledge

Den building

Group and leadership –  Within our group we all worked as a team, and everyone had good ideas to contribute. This was decided as we all put forward ideas and we worked together to come to decisions. No one was left out as everyone was collecting resources (sticks) and helped build the den.
The most difficult part about working with this group was that I was out of my comfort zone communicating with people I don’t know.

Explaining – The group explained very well the instructions. One person got the piece of paper with the instructions on them and read them out clearly to the rest of the group. It was clear as they explained step by step in summary of what we have to do and spoke loud so we could hear. The stage of the 5p’s that I think the group left out was …

Environment – The environment was quiet isolated from the rest of the groups so this made it easy to hear each other when we where talking and limited distractions.  When explaining to other people how we built our den we used a lot of pointing to the different resources and showing how where everything was placed however in a classroom this would not be possible. If we did not isolate our group to a different part of the grass it would have been difficult to communicate and listen however to overcome this we could arrange more ground to spread out the groups and pick a sunny day to make sure the weather doesn’t make it difficult to hear also.

Negotiation –  Our negotiations where successful this was because we planned and picked  two people from the team who could be persuasive and try get something.  The most challenging was trying find out what strategy we would use and what we where wanting to take from the other group.

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