Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Lani Watson

Impact Fellow

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning
Master in Science, University of Edinburgh
The Virtue and Value of Questioning
Bachelor of Arts, University of York


My current research aims to develop and pilot a technology designed to help students ask better questions. I ask whether we can improve student questioning, through technology, and, if so, whether doing so has a positive impact on learning. Questioning is a familiar part of our everyday lives. It is essential for gathering information and a critical skill for engaging in democratic processes and institutions, such as the media. Yet schools and universities places little emphasis on asking good questions, and focus instead on the ability to answer. Can we improve questioning in the classroom, through technology, and, if so, what are the educational and societal benefits of doing so. The research combines contemporary epistemology and educational theory with experimental philosophy and psycholinguistics.

Research outputs

  1. Review essay: Exemplarist moral theory

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  2. Educating for good questioning: A tool for intellectual virtues education

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Extended Education workshop and ThinkTank

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. What are Epistemic Rights and when are they violated

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Explorathon 17

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

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