by Mirjam Glessmer and Timo Lüth

Have you ever been told that you should be asking “concept questions” or “Fermi questions” or any other type of question, but are not quite sure what the purpose of those questions is and how you would go about asking them? Or have you been thinking of good ways to ask questions and are curious what we have to say about the matter?

Then we have good news for you!

We have developed a decision tree that gives an overview over all different kinds of questions and that can support you in

  • constructing questions that provoke specific cognitive processes in your students,
  • checking what exactly you are asking your students to do when posing existing questions, and
  • modifying existing questions to better match your purpose.

For the nitty gritty details and the theoretical foundation, please refer to our article:

Lernzieltaxonomische Klassifzierung und gezielte Gestaltung von Fragen
M. S. Glessmer and T. Lüth
Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 11(5), 205-244 (2016)

Figures of that article for download here

Click to download figure from ZFHE article


Other decision trees:

  • Abstract decision tree (best for getting familiar with the concept) [pdf English | pdf German]
  • Decision tree with example questions (best for constructing or classifying or changing questions) [pdf English | pdf German]
  • Decision tree with example multiple-choice questions (best for inspiration when working with multiple-choice questions) [pdf English | pdf German]
  • Comparison of our decision tree with conventional types of questions (if you want to find out what a “concept question” really is) [pdf English | pdf German]

For best results, print the decision trees at least in A3 or bring a good magnifying glass!

Any comments, feedback, suggestions? Please do get in touch!

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