Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

November 21, 2009

Question Kits 5w x 1h

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 11:35 am
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For years people have used what have become known as ‘question kits’, some by planning them others just by ‘doing’. When I am running a study skills workshop I will always get the students to consider the questions that they need to ask. Eventually they will arrive at the common:

  • When?
  • Where?
  • Who?
  • Why?
  • What?
  • How?

If you apply this to most questioning situations you will see how the application works effectively.

Question Kit used in study skills workshops

Paul Foreman has used a similar idea which I really like as well…

Solution finder by Paul Foreman

Paul’s solution is a Visual Map of ‘how to find a solution’ using the same questions.

Watch the news and see people being interviewed, the questions are the same. Listen to a Crime drama on the radio and the questions are the same.  We all use these questions when we are trying to find the answers to problem, question, how or when something needs to be done.


1 Comment »

  1. Love the graphics.

    I disagree with the percentages used in Paul’s solution finder.
    I would argue that WHAT needs to have a more significant presence and the balance to be nearer.
    WHAT 40%
    HOW 50%
    Other 4 W’s 10%

    Unless you have set a clear goal and know what you want/need to achieve:
    HOW do you know that you are heading in the right direction?
    HOW do you know you have got there?

    I must admit that my natural style is to skip over the WHAT and dive straight into the HOW, so achieving this balance is something I have to consciously work at to achieve competency.


    Comment by hannahejones — November 22, 2009 @ 8:11 am

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