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In this introductory chapter, we outline three broad questions of interest to researchers and educators, each of which provides a clear thread throughout the volume. First, where do questions come from, and how do children engage in questioning across development? Second, to what extent is questioning universal, and in what ways is it socialized? Third, what role does question-asking play in learning more broadly, in both formal and informal environments?
In this volume, we have brought together leading researchers in psychology and education with the goal of generating an overview of key issues pertaining to the role of questioning in development, to assess where the field stands in terms of investigating these issues, and to chart a path forward for this research in the coming years. In our introduction, we outlined three broad questions of interest to researchers and educators: (1) Where do questions come from, and how do children engage in questioning across development? (2) To what extent is questioning universal, and in what ways is it socialized? (3) What role does question-asking play in learning more broadly, in both formal and informal environments? In this concluding chapter we revisit these three key questions, weaving together the contributors’ insights before laying out a roadmap to highlight promising avenues of focus for future researchers in the field.
Questioning others is one of the most powerful methods that children use to learn about the world. How does questioning develop? How is it socialized? And how can questioning be leveraged to support learning and education? In this volume, some of the world's leading experts are brought together to explore critical issues in the development of questioning. By collecting interdisciplinary and international perspectives from psychology and education, The Questioning Child presents research from a variety of distinct methodological and theoretical backgrounds. It synthesizes current knowledge on the role of question-asking in cognitive development and charts a path forward for researchers and educators to understand the pivotal function that questioning plays in child development and education.
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