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Curious Question by Kara Vaughan

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Truth and Silence: A Soft-Spoken Philosophy Fest in the Northern Territory will feature presentations that connect, directly or indirectly, to truth and silence. We have already planned the following webinar:

Curious Question, a keynote online presentation by Kara Vaughan, HDR student at the University of Queensland, and Professional Network Coordinator at IMPACT Centre Department of Education, and Pedagogy Coach at Helensvale State High School. Date: Friday, 12 November 2021, 10:00 AM ACST (Darwin time) and 10:30 AM AEST (Brisbane time)

A curious question has the capacity to drive innovation, challenge uncritically accepted views of the world and create opportunities in the modern knowledge economy. The value of student questioning is key to the development of students as critical thinkers. However, discourse in the everyday classroom may still be an inhibitor to the development of critical thinking in students. An ambush of quick-fire questioning can be deafening to the development of thinking and foreclose on an opportunity to cultivate curiosity. Critical thinking and curiosity can be realised through the process of questioning, although the answer can silence the need to inquire further. The future requires critical and curious thinkers, this presentation will be exploring this notion from two perspectives in two parts. The first considers the teacher experience to deconstruct purpose and method of critical questioning. The second part is designed for students who may have experienced hesitation to put up their hand or let their voice be heard. Both sessions will be interactive with driving questions for reflection and insight that hope to inspire methods and reasoning to develop thinking and curiosity in classrooms for the future.

We encourage participatory enquiry and engagement from members of the audience. Truth and Silence aims to address diverse ways to encourage and cultivate critical thinking skills and support children’s natural curiosity in and out of the classroom.

If you wish to attend please RSVP by sending an email with your name to

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