Clinical educators use a variety of methods to facilitate student development of critical thinking. One method is
the use of effective questioning within written feedback. High level questions help to facilitate critical thinking by
requiring the student to evaluate or make judgment on a clinical situation. As students progress through a continuum of
competency from novice to graduate, the nature of feedback changes from directives to questions in response to the
students' developing critical thinking abilities. This research notes details aspects in written feedback within a speech
pathology educational setting. Novice students received lower level questions and more directives compared to advanced
students. Suggestions for monitoring the ways in which questions are presented within written feedback are discussed.