In Social Studies, we are guided by three main frameworks and standards:
Specific to my project, Cultivating Curiosity through a Quality Question Club, each of these promotes student questions.
History-Social Science Content Standards:
"Research, Evidence, and Point of View
1. Students frame questions that can be answered by historical study and research. 2. Students distinguish fact from opinion in historical narratives and stories.
3. Students distinguish relevant from irrelevant information, essential from incidental information, and verifiable from unverifiable information in historical narratives and stories.
4. Students assess the credibility of primary and secondary sources and draw sound conclusions from them.
5. Students detect the different historical points of view on historical events and determine the context in which the historical statements were made (the questions asked, sources used, author’s perspectives)."
History Social Science Framework:
“1. Students analyze rules, laws, and public policies in terms of effectiveness, identified benefits and costs, and weighing and balancing consequences.
2. Students use deliberative discussion including consideration of multiple points of view when making decisions or making judgments about political issues or problems.
3. Students construct arguments and positions on issues using claims and evidence from multiple sources and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments.
4. Students apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to evaluate and plan various actions to address issues and problems in school and community.”
How can we do this without effective questioning strategies?
“… students need the intellectual power to recognize societal problems; ask good questions and develop robust investigations into them; consider possible solutions and consequences; separate evidence-based claims from parochial opinions; and communicate and act upon what they learn. And most importantly, they must possess the capability and commitment to repeat that process as long as is necessary. Young people need strong tools for, and methods of, clear and disciplined thinking in order to traverse successfully the worlds of college, career, and civic life.”