comprehension refers to the act of understanding and constructing meaning
from written words. Teachers have long
used questions to guide and monitor comprehension.
Inquiry-based instruction takes this strategy one step further by
encouraging students to ask their own questions.
Students can be guided in asking questions
that will foster higher level thinking skills.
When employing the strategy of self-questioning, students become
aware of whether they can answer their questions and if they understand
what they are reading. Questions are effective in improving reading
comprehension because they focus the readerís attention and provide a
purpose for reading. The
process of inquiry promotes active thinking as students read.
It helps them to make connections between what they are reading and
what they already know.