Why We Should Educate for Questioning
Dr. Lani Watson
University of Edinburgh
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Dale Hall Tower, Room 607
Abstract: My research concerns the nature and value of questions and questioning. I am fascinated by all aspects of this topic and hope to be researching in this field for many years to come. A dedicated ‘questionologist’. I also hope to encourage others to take a closer look at questions and questioning, both in daily life and in philosophical debate. A key aim of my project is to draw attention to the essential role that questioning plays in our everyday lives – in our social interactions, our scientific endeavours, our political and media discourse and our education systems. I believe that each of these could benefit from the close examination of questions and questioning. Questioning matters, not only because it drives us towards knowledge and understanding, but because it determines the knowledge and understanding that we get. If we fail to ask questions, we will not get answers. If we fail to ask good questions, the answers will cease to matter. The study of questions and questioning can lead us towards a deeper understanding of the vital role that they play in our lives.