Asking questions in workshops

From the vaults (4 May 2012): Some thoughts on asking questions in workshops.

ABCD workshop

Sustaining Community

An important skill in facilitating experiential workshops is asking questions. There are many different ways of asking questions, but I think there are four that show up frequently in workshops:

  1. Questions to find out what happened – like the police might ask.
  2. Questions to test knowledge or to find out what people know – like a teacher might ask.
  3. Questions where you are looking for the right answer –  like “Is it OK to hit your kids?”
  4. Questions asked out of curiosity to explore people’s experiences, beliefs, motivations etc.

In my experience, the last type of questions are most useful when facilitating experiential workshops. In these types of workshops we are wanting people to think for themselves and to learn from their experiences. These workshops often explore issues where there are no hard and fast rules.

If we take conflict resolution for example, there are certain skills, attitudes and approaches…

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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