Lani Watson is a philosopher. She is fascinated by questions – what they are, how we use them and why we ask them. Her research focuses on the practice of questioning in everyday life and how it allows us to have conversations, challenge each other, gather information and understand our world. She has a special interest in the way we use questions to learn, both in and out of the classroom. Lani argues that good questioning is a vital skill that should be taught in schools. She uses philosophy, educational theory and experimental psychology to present the case in support of teaching the skill of good questioning as well as the intellectual virtues of curiosity and inquisitiveness. Lani also explores the role that good questioning plays in initiating and guiding discussion and the wider implications of this for questioning practices in diverse contexts, such as business, healthcare, law and journalism.
Lani was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, at the University of Oklahoma in 2016/17 and completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Learn more about her thesis, entitled ‘Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning’.