Refraction Education : NRMA Driver Safety (Years 11-12)
29 THE EARLY DRIVER TOTAL LEARNING RESOURCE • YEARS 11–12 EXPLAIN – ARTICLE 1 ACTIVITY 4 QUESTIONING TOOLKIT Type of question Your ideas and opinions Essential questions These are the most important and central questions. They probe the deepest issues that confront us and can be difficult to answer. Question: Why is a younger drivers more at risk of having a car crash than an older, more experienced driver? Sorting and sifting questions These questions help us to manage our information by finding the most relevant details. Questions: Which risks are specific to young drivers? Which risks can be avoided? How might it be possible to reduce the number of car crashes young drivers have? Hypothetical questions Questions designed to explore the possibilities, the ‘what ifs?’ They are useful when we want to test our hunches. Questions: What if there was only one approved car for drivers aged under 25 that has a high safety rating, one seat and is speed restricted to 80 km/h? What if it was a legal requirement for young drivers to be continuously filmed and monitored while driving? Provocative questions Questions to challenge convention. Questions: Should L and P plate drivers only be allowed to drive cars with the highest safety rating? Do you think that drivers in ‘safer ’ vehicles take more risks, such as braking later? Do you think young drivers realise that they are more at risk of a car crash than other drivers? Further reading on questioning toolkits: McKenzie, Jamie (2000) Beyond Technology, FNO Press, Bellingham, Washington, USA. www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit.html We have provided a series of discussion questions in the form of a Questioning Toolkit. Choose some or all of the questions, or ask some of your own. Write your ideas and opinions relating to each of the different types of questions.
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