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Asking Good Questions: Divergent Thinking

Question Types: Level 3—Divergent Thinking

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Divergent thinking questions are those which represent intellectual
operations wherein you are free to generate independently your own
ideas, or to take a new direction or perspective on a given topic.

Thought processes involved while asking and answering these questions are predicting, hypothesizing, inferring, or reconstructing.


Divergent thinking questions usually begin with these words or phrases:
Imagine...
Suppose...
Predict...
If..., then...
How might...
Can you create...
What are some possible consequences...

Examples of divergent thinking questions:

Can you imagine ways that soccer typifies Mexican culture?

Suppose that Caesar never returned to Rome from Gaul. Would the Empire have existed?
What predictions can you make regarding the voting process in Florida?
How might life in the year 2100 differ from today?
The computer corrects spelling. Is it then unnecessary for third graders to take spelling tests?

Based on: Ciardiello, Angelo. (1998). "Did you ask a good question today? Alternative cognitive and metacognitive strategies." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 42, 210-219. Used and modified with permission, 2003.



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