How to Develop Questions
How to Develop Questions for the Roundtable Discussion
The Discussion: Overall, the questions that you prepare and submit will guide the discussion. The overarching question for this unit is:
How does the course of human development influence one’s behavior and mental processes?
Goals: During the Developmental Psychology Roundtable Discussion, your goals are:
a. Ask & Answer questions
b. Build off of other participants’ ideas
c. Challenge others’ ideas
d. Invite others into the discussion
e. Keep a topic alive by asking probing questions
f. Present and analyze evidence
How to Create/Types of Questions:Develop at least 3 questions for the Roundtable Discussion using the question-types below. Remember, you may have NO MORE than 1 Close-Ended Question.
Types of Questions:
Close-Ended Question: A question that will help everyone come to agreement about the events or concepts. This question usually has a correct answer.
Ex.: Do other species experience Attachment like humans do?
Open-Ended Question: An insightful question that requires proof, insights, and group discussion to discover or explore the answer.
Ex.: How do nature and nurture affect human behavior and mental processes?
Historical Analysis Question: A question that evaluates the decisions and actions of people in the past.
Ex.: Do you think it was ethical for Harlow to pursue his research with attachment using monkeys?
Psychological Question: A question that connects the topic to the way people interact and act today.
Ex.: Which parenting style is better suited to teenage development?
Universal Theme/Core Question: A question that deals with the themes of the topic that will encourage group discussion about its universality?
Ex.: How do you think that we should respond to parents who neglect to the patterns of childhood development?