Questioning as a Tool to Instill Reasoning Skills among Seventh Grade Students in Science Subject

Sumbal Asghar, Rizwan Akram


Scientific and technological development is crucial for progress and its
planning begins in the classroom by teaching Science to nascent minds.
Though, teaching mastery in understanding Science is an ongoing
challenge and Pakistan is committed to teaching students to excel in their
understanding of scientific and technological development. Development
of understanding in Science requires the use of reasoning skills which
needs to be inculcated among students. The aim of this study is to use the
questioning method to develop reasoning skills among seventh-grade
students in science subject. The questioning method is a strategy which
can encourage students to think and improve their reasoning skills. Two
intact groups of seventh-grade students were selected randomly as
control and experimental groups. It was a three-month intervention
which consisted of three phases. Separate pre-test/post-test was given for
each phase of the study. After the intervention, posttest scores of both
groups for the three phases of the research were compared. Major
findings of the study addressed the efficacy of questioning as
instructional pedagogy for the development of reasoning skills in grade 7
students in Science subject.

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