Question Formulation Technique


A step by step process that was designed to help students produce, improve and strategize how to use their questions.

Ask students in groups to generate as many questions around a topic/issue as they can in the allotted time (suggested 5 min).

To generate questions, follow QFT rules for producing questions:

      • Ask as many questions as you can
      • Do not stop to answer, judge or to discuss the questions
      • Write down every question exactly as it is stated
      • Change any statement into a question

*Review the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions and ask students in groups to identify open questions with an “O” and closed questions with a “C”.  Ask students to rewrite three closed-ended questions into open-ended questions and three open-ended questions into closed-ended questions.

Next ask students to review their questions and prioritize them according to which ones they believe will help the class better understand the issue.