Refraction Education : NRMA Driver Safety (Years 11-12)
40 THE EARLY DRIVER TOTAL LEARNING RESOURCE • YEARS 11–12 EXPLAIN – ARTICLE 3 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 do we have road rules? Why do we have different driver restrictions based on age and experience? Why do young inexperienced drivers have more restrictions than other drivers? Sorting and sifting questions These questions help us to manage our information by finding the most relevant details. Questions: Is it important to have exemptions or should all young drivers be subject to the same restrictions? Should road rules be the same across the whole of Australia? 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 were no road rules, would you want to use the road? What if there were no punishments for breaking road rules, would people still obey them? Provocative questions Questions to challenge convention. Questions: Is it really an age thing? Should older P plate drivers be subject to the same restrictions as younger P plate drivers? Is it the role of the police to enforce road rules? Why do the road rules and driver restrictions keep changing? 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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