Question quadrants

Also known as: question sort

Question quadrants support students in eliciting and generating meaningful and purposeful questions that are literal and inferential. They:

  • provides educators with a structure to guide question categorisation and question development
  • support students to develop their questioning skills and encourage them to ask different types of questions
  • are a type of thinking tool that was developed relatively recently by Phillip Cam (2006).

Question quadrant

ICT templates

Learning activity templates

Google templates

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Microsoft templates

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How to use with ICT

External resources

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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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