How To Problem Solve: Asking Critical Questions
The 8 step process
Consider your own positionality and standpoint, ie. The perspective from which you
Be aware of biases and limitations
Questions to ask: how am I looking at this problem? What part of the situation am I
focused on? What does my perspective not address?
What is your ultimate objective in pursuing this question/situation/problem?
What am I trying to accomplish?
Questions to ask: what is the purpose of this essay/assignment/project, etc? what
conclusions are we hoping to reach? Who will be affected by this study? Where will
we look for answers?
3. The problem
Narrow the scope
Questions to ask: what is the question I am trying to answer? Is the question clear? Is
there a better way to ask the question? What kind of question is it? (so how will we
approach this question?)
4. Information or fact finding
What kind of information?
Questions to ask: what kind of facts or information do I need in order to address this
question? How do we know this information is accurate? Is this information relevant?
What processes, services,