The Right Question Institute makes it possible for all people to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in key decisions.

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

The Question Formulation Technique, created by the Right Question Institute, is a simple yet powerful strategy to teach students how to formulate their own questions. Learn the Question Formulation Technique today, facilitate the strategy tomorrow, and watch students become more curious, engaged learners.

Questioning, Advocating, and Participating in Democracy

Learn how asking questions and partnering in the decision making process can fundamentally change how individuals participate in democracy.

For me, their questions and the young man’s comment made my day. I wanted the students to own the class. I wanted them to have a say in what we learn and how we learn it. After using the QFT just one time, I was already noticing a change in the engagement of my students.

In the world of sales, being able to ask the right questions is more valuable than producing the right answers. Unfortunately, our schools often have the opposite emphasis. They teach us how to answer, but not how to ask. The folks at the Right Question Institute are trying to correct that imbalance. They’ve come up with a method that educators can use to help students learn to ask better questions—and that can assist even those of us who graduated back in the twentieth century.

I’d also enjoy seeing more teachers take a page out of the Right Question Institute and help students learn to formulate great questions.

I really enjoyed the QFT lesson. I felt empowered because I was the one coming up with the questions, not just the teacher. My favorite part of the lesson was the “no judgment zone.” It made me feel more relaxed and more open to ask and answer questions. In the future, I hope that we do more of these lessons.

It helps me by getting me to think about questions on my own. Also, it gets my mind in motion to think about the questions other people make.

Hundreds of thousands of people across many fields are enthusiastically using RQI’s resources to help individuals develop their own ability to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions.

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Microdemocracy communicates a simple vision: effective participation in a democracy can start when people begin to participate in decisions that affect them in their ordinary encounters with public or publicly funded institutions.

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Over 300,000 educators around the world have used the Question Formulation Technique, and the Right Question Institute and its strategies have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Education Week, and many other publications. See RQI in the Press

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