Question quadrant

Also known as: question sort

Question quadrant is a thinking tool to support students in eliciting and generating meaningful and purposeful questions to guide learning. Open and closed questions lie along one axis, while literal and inferential/applied questions lie along the other.

Question quadrant:

  • involves educators supporting students to initially identify where questions lie within the grid and then progressing to generating their own questions 
  • supports students to develop their questioning skills and encourages them to ask different types of questions
  • was developed relatively recently by Phillip Cam (2006).

Question quadrant

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How to use with ICT

Teachers share a list of questions and quadrant template, allowing students to sort questions into the correct quadrant. Alternatively, the teacher supports students to generate their own questions.

Single Computer

Project the template, supporting students to generate questions for each quadrant.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
Question sorts Question sorts Question sorts suppose classifying questions within a quadrant to guide inquiry and deepen understanding.
The question quadrant: A stimulus for a negotiated curriculum by Rosie Scholl The question quadrant Rosie Scholl theorises about curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, showing how the Question Quadrant can be used as the central integrating device for negotiating curriculum and assessment with students.
Creating questions by James Nottingham Creating questions James Nottingham, a primary teacher from NSW, shares how he uses the question quadrant within an inquiry circle.
The question quadrant – Idea into practice by Dave Secomb The question quadrant – Idea into practice Using the Question Quadrant as a way to develop students' inquiry skills, with an example using the text, ‘Me and You’, by Anthony Brown.
What is the question quadrant? By North Lakes School What is the question quadrant? James Nottingham from North Lakes School explains how the Question Quadrant can be used to support in-depth discussion. The site has PDF activity templates, displays and examples.

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