Course Description

Asking questions can be one of the most difficult and important steps in undergraduate research. In this session, we will share how we have used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) (Rothenstein 2011) to help students ask their own questions and use inquiry to drive exploration in classroom and research settings. The Question Formulation Technique includes steps where students practice three skills within a team setting important for developing creative capacity - divergent thinking, convergent thinking, and metacognition. To provide participants with ideas on how the QFT can be used, we will discuss evidence we have collected on the types of questions students ask after engaging in the technique and also create opportunities for everyone to engage in a QFT exercise. Through this session, we hope that you feel empowered to support students in asking questions in any undergraduate setting.

By the end of this session participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and generate ideas for how this could be used in your classrooms to empower students to ask questions in any undergraduate setting
  • Have a chance to do a quick QFT exercise - on QFT
  • Discuss evidence we have collected on the types of questions students ask after engaging in the technique 
  • Share feedback on QFT - what resonates, what you want to know more about?

Please note: Registration will close 48 hours before each workshop. Participants will receive relevant Zoom information via email at least 1 hour before the designated start time.


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