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How to ask dialogic questions


  1. Ask questions that are open, not closed. There is no one right answer to such questions.  An open question: ”Tell us what you think about the leisure time opportunities for young people in this area? (A closed question: ”Should there be more hobbies for young people here?”)
  2. With your question, call attention to certain dimensions in the participants’ experiences. ”Tell us more about what you perceived/felt/thought/remembered/imagined when…?”
  3. Introduce the question by explaining what kind of personal experience it is motivated by. experience it is motivated by. ”I have not experienced what you have, and that is why I would like hear in more detail what kind of…” or ”I find it puzzling that I still do not understand what you mean when you say… Could you tell us a bit more about it?”



Is it possible to discuss society constructively and get excited about the topic? This is what we will find out in the Timeout project.


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