Questioning and developing lessons

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The questioning-developing lesson is a didactic concept and form of teaching that is used in both humanities and mathematical-natural science school lessons. This form of teaching is also referred to as a guided class discussion or preparatory teaching. Despite some parallels and similarities, this teaching is to be differentiated from the research-based teaching of the natural science subjects.

The Maieutics plays a major role in questioning-evolving lessons.


A frequent point of criticism of this type of teaching is that the questioning and developing teaching restricts the pupils' independence and thus does not always allow the variety of possible solutions.

Furthermore, it is criticized that this type of teaching is strongly teacher-centered despite the discussion situation and belongs to the frontal forms , since the teacher controls the teaching process through questions and thus controls the learning process.


  • Hilbert Meyer: teaching methods II: practice volume. Cornelsen Scriptor, Berlin, 1987.

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