Don’t Assume Difficult Question Automatically Lead to Higher-Order Thinking

Written by: Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D.

They’re the kind of questions that promote thinking and result in sophisticated intellectual development. They’re the kind of questions teachers aspire to ask students, but, according to research, these types of questions aren’t the typical ones found on most course exams. Part of the disconnect between these aspirations and the actualities results from the difficulty of writing questions that test higher-order thinking skills.

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