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

Task: to read a chapter from the book specified and to write a review on the given chapter

The main aim of the chapter is to break apart the meaning and concept of questioning. The chapter goes into great detail explaining the various types of questions and how they are used in order to receive suitable responses. There are many strong themes in the chapter including: the purpose of questions, the types of questions and asking questions within a context.

Throughout the chapter it became apparent that many interesting claims had been made. One point that I did agree with is that recall questions are considered to be more appropriate for learners who are not as advanced as others. This is due to recall questions only requiring facts to be remembered and regurgitated and is usually just testing the respondent’s ability to do so. However, on the other hand, process questions require a much deeper thought process which means that the reader may have to make their own conclusions before they respond. Ultimately, making process questioning more complex and thought provoking than recall questioning. There is evidence to support my point of view – Rubie-Davies, 2007.

Rudyard Kipling’s question classification of What, When, How, Where and when states that this take on questioning can mould and shape the answer that the questioner requires. Personally, this is an argument that I find rather fascinating to read.

Within the chapter it also mentions that leading questions can instil a sense of stress and pressure in children and that closed questions may be better suited to this age group.

Overall, the chapter was an interesting piece and it has broadened my understanding of questioning as well as improving my understanding of all the main themes of the text.

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