Productive Questions: Tools for Supporting Constructivist Learningby: Mary Lee Martens

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The six types of productive questions—attention-focusing, measuring and counting, comparison, action, problem-posing, and reasoning—enable teachers to create a bridge between activities and students. A teacher's own style and knowledge of students' abilities should determine how much structure to set when using productive questions for learning science.

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  • on Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:48 PM

This is a great article because it provides different types of questions that can be used. In order for students to understand there must be detailed questions. The questions would be good to put into a science journal and have students complete them. Each question will have a different response and the teachers can use this to identify what concepts the student master and what concept the student did not master.


  • on Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:27 AM

According to this article there are six types of productive questions in the constructivist learning — attention-focusing, measuring and counting, comparison, action, problem-posing, and reasoning. Samples are provided in a chart in this article. These kinds of question provide a way for teachers to make connections with students while learning new concepts. This approach takes practice but will definitely benefit students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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