15 September 2014: Testing Questions in a Garden

Last class we wrote questions. At the start of this class we revisited them to see if they were testable.

Questions are not all the same.

There are factual questions like: What is the capital of New York?

There are opinion questions like: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

There are philosophical questions like: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

And there are testable questions like….the ones we eventually came up with today.

Testable questions often have these characteristics in common:

  • They can be answered by an experiment or comparison observation
  • The answer is not found by reading; it is “discovered”
  • The answer often has a numerical answer

Once groups refined the questions, we were off. Within the period, we had answers.

Now what?

Well, not much sense in keeping a good answer to oneself is there? The data will be analyzed and presented next.

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