Factual Questions

• Knowledge/fact-based

• Content-driven

• Skills-related

• Supported by evidence

• Can be used to explore

terminology in the statement

of inquiry

• Frequently topical

• Encourage recall and comprehension


Conceptual Questions

• Enable exploration of big

ideas that connect facts and


• Highlight opportunities to

compare and contrast

• Explore contradictions

• Lead to deeper disciplinary

and interdisciplinary


• Promote transfer to familiar or less familiar situations,

issues, ideas and contexts

• Encourage analysis and application



Debatable Questions

• Enable the use of facts and

concepts to debate a position

• Promote discussion

• Explore significant ideas and issues from multiple perspectives

• Can be contested

• Have tension

• May be deliberately


• Encourage synthesis and evaluation