Heuristic conversation represents a dialog between professor and student. It is build basing on a set of provocative questions that are meant to stir up student's curiosity. Through this way it is assimilated information and it is transformed in knowledge.
One of education concepts says that question is the beginning of cognition. The true cognition is not in answering the question but in asking more questions. At the same time provided answers to questions generate more questions – it is a chain reaction. In this way the importance of questions in educational process is always studied.
Heuristic conversation requires a curious mind and students that need answers to their questions and are ready at their turn to ask more. As it is impossible this method fits better in cases when you can gather a contingent of interested students: conferences; interest groups, etc.
Used questions should be 'open questions' (those which the answer is not 'yes' or 'no'). Questions should make students think independently and avoid standard answers. Also it is very important that answers to be augmented.
Questions it is what helps people get out of the limits of their minds and find more answers and explanations. The destination of these brain exercises is 'want to know'. That's why little children ask so many questions, and that's why these questions should be answered honestly and direct.
Question contains a part of the answer; all it is needed to be done is to find the path. Also the way a question is posed can indicate or influence a certain answer.
Question is considered to be correctly posted in following cases:
- the questioned problem has sense and is real;
- the interrogated person can offer logical answers;
- concreteness and uniqueness of the question reveals something new;
Questions should be of different categories:
- Reproductive: What? Where? When?
- Hypothetic: What if? But…?
- Evaluative: What is better (correct, beautiful) than…?
Also don't forget to teach children, students asking questions. Sometimes it is more important to ask questions than to answer them!