In a previous article, I spoke about the problem with questions in academic advising. Here is a summary of the potential downsides to overusing them in our conversations with students:

  • Builds the student’s hope that you will eventually offer a solution
  • Teaches students to passively respond to questions instead of actively participate in a co-constructed dialogue
  • May foster defensiveness (especially with lots of “why” questions)

You might wonder what this looks like in a conversation. Mitchell (2009) described Read more →