My IAE Blog entry, That’s a Researchable Question, emphasizes the value of students learning to pose—and then trying to answer—researchable questions (Moursund, 11/22/2011). I find it quite easy to ask a question that I would like to have answered, but that my brain cannot immediately answer. I often go to my computer and access the Web to help me answer the question.
If you have helped to raise young children, you have encountered a never-ending stream of child-posed questions. Young children seek answers to whatever questions occur to them. They may ask the same question or nearly the same question repeatedly. Their knowledge base is small, but is growing rapidly. This question asking and answering process helps to build their knowledge base.