Sophie Cochrane UWS blog

Just another – Glow Blogs site

January 23, 2020
by Sophie Cochrane

Review of “Finding out About Others: The Skill of Questioning”

After recently reading a chapter in “Skilled Interpersonal Communication Research, Theory and Practice” I will be giving a summary focused around the theme of questioning. The aim of the chapter is to share the importance of questioning in our life, for many purposes such as education and developing relationships. Closed questions usually include a definite answer, research has shown that responses to closed questions are more specific and directly answer the question (Breakwell et al, 2006). Where as open questions often allow for answers to gradually narrow into a specific answer and allow more room for consideration (Kahn and Cannell, 1957). Therefore, this chapter provides key differences in open and closed questions. This is interesting as it shows how providing a specific structure to a question can guide the answer in a different direction. A theory suggests that embedded questions are found most difficult by children, as they involve more than one question, for example “Do you understand how to behave in the classroom”. As this question asks for understanding i.e. a yes or no answer or is it asking what the behaviour should be. This research does not encourage the use of these questions with young children (Hardy and Van Leeuwen, 2004).



‘Finding out about others: the skill of questioning’, in Hargie, O. (2011) Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice. 5th ed. London: Routledge.

January 21, 2020
by Sophie Cochrane

Den Building at Uni!

Group and Leadership

Everyone took this opportunity to work as a team. Instead of giving someone the responsibility of being the leader we used our individual strengths to provide the best result. This method was effective as it ensured that everyone was working together and included in the task. Strengths were highlighted for example the tallest team members worked together to create the roof of the den. The most challenging part of the task was agreeing on the most appropriate place and deciding on what structure to use to create the den.


Any ideas or solutions were communicated successfully throughout the group. As we were in a practical environment use of materials and surroundings helped team members clearly share their ideas. Lack of planning may of restricted our den, as we had no time to plan the materials needed for the den the group had to depend on materials found outside instead of man made ones.


The environment meant our communication improved, everyone had to speak loud and clearly to be heard in the conditions, as well as the use of the materials to help explain our ideas. Planning and preparing for the task in advance may improve the quality of the den as some ideas may not of been executed due to the distraction and noise of other groups. As the we were in small groups it helped us overcome distractions of the environment as its easier to share ideas to a smaller audience.


Our negotiation was to gain a piece of equipment from another team. We were unsuccessful as every group had already used all materials for their den, therefore became unwilling to change anything. This was challenging due to lack of materials.

Report a Glow concern
Cookie policy  Privacy policy

Glow Blogs uses cookies to enhance your experience on our service. By using this service or closing this message you consent to our use of those cookies. Please read our Cookie Policy.