Cognitive engagement and questioning online

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This chapter discusses a range of issues associated with supporting inquiry and deep reasoning while utilising information and communications technology (ICT). The role of questioning in critical thinking and reflection is considered in the context of scaffolding and new opportunities for ICT-enabled scaffolding identified. In particular, why-questioning provides a key point of focus and is presented as an important consideration in the design of systems that not only require cognitive engagement but aim to nurture it. Advances in automated question generation within intelligent tutoring systems are shown to hold promise for both teaching and learning in a range of other applications. While shortening attention spans appear to be a hazard of engaging with digital media cognitive engagement is presented as something with broader scope than attention span and is best conceived of as a crucible within which a rich mix of cognitive activities take place and from which new knowledge is created.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in a technological world: communicating current and emerging research and technological efforts
EditorsA. Mendez-Vilas
PublisherFormatex Resarch Center
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-84-939843-3-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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