We ask closed-ended questions all the time. Yes or no questions. Questions with clear, word-for-word right answers. Questions that have answers that get you hit by your wife.
Do you love me?
What did I just say?
How's my hair look?
In Small Groups, closed-ended questions seem necessary.
We use them to:
- check for comprehension
- make sharing easier
- guard orthodoxy
- steer conversation
It would be great if these questions accomplished what we wanted.
But instead, closed-ended questions:
- sound pedantic
- slow verbal participation
- allow unorthodoxy to go unnoticed
- miss opportunities for insight from the community.
But open-ended questions are risky, hard to write, and may not work.
Are they worth it?