How To Ask APPLICATION QUESTIONS In Lessons

HOW TO ASK APPLICATION QUESTIONS IN LESSONS

What Are Application Questions?

Application questions ask students to think about they would apply their newly acquired knowledge in real-world situations and scenarios. 

When learning new information in lessons, students can find is challenging to understand how the information relates to the real world around them and application questions create a bridge for this gap. 

It is therefore important that teachers understand how to ask application questions in lessons.

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Examples of Application Questions

  • Why would it be important to know this in the workplace?
  • How could this theory be applied in the real world?
  • Can you give me an example of a time when you have seen people doing this?
  • How might you apply this in your own life?
  • If this theory is true, how might it benefit people in the workplace?
  • If this theory is true, how might it disadvantage people in the workplace?
  • How could you put this new information to practical use?
  • What industries/sectors/businesses do you think would utilise this technology?
  • Can you think of a recent news story where this occurred?
  • How could you use this information to improve your own performance at school?

When and How To Ask Application Questions In The Classroom

Application questions could be used at any point in a lesson where the teacher considers it appropriate to do so. 

However, given that application questions require students to apply newly acquired knowledge they will typically follow a period of learning.

This will therefore see application questions often being used towards the end of lessons once students have developed a sufficient level of understanding on the topic to effectively apply it.

This does not mean that applications questions cannot be used at the beginner of the lesson as a starter activity. This works well if the teacher a continuing a topic from a previous lesson, where students can apply what they have learned the week before, or if the teacher is adopting a flipped-classroom approach or sets students pre-lesson activities which can be applied in the next lesson. 

It is ultimately up to the teacher to determine when they feel application questions are most relevant to the topic being taught. Whenever there is an opportunity for students to apply their learning to the real world around them, application questions can be used. 

What Are The Benefits Of Asking Application Questions In Lessons?

In order to summarise the key benefits of asking application questions and the subsequent benefits of applied learning we will draw upon Herrington’s (2014) Nine Principles of Authentic Learning.

Applied learning:

  1. Provides an authentic context that reflects the way the knowledge will be used in real life.
  2. Provides authentic tasks and activities.
  3. Provides access to expert performances.
  4. Provides multiple roles and perspectives.
  5. Supports collaborative construction of knowledge.
  6. Promotes reflection to enable abstractions to be formed.
  7. Promotes articulation to enable tacit knowledge to be made explicit.
  8. Provides coaching and scaffolding.
  9. Provides for authentic assessment of learning.

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Author: Jonathan Sandling