WHAT/WHO IS IN THE BOX?
Brief summary of activityThe participants need to guess what/who is in an unmarked box by asking questions. Questions can be closed or open.
Aim of the activityThis activity can be used as an ice-breaker or an introduction to the research and/or interviewing topics by highlighting the use of open and radio questions in radio interviewing and/or the 5 W+H. The participants will learn to listen to the answers before producing a new question.
Expected OutcomesThe participants open up and relax
The participants understand the differences and advantages in the use of open and close questions
The participants become familiar with the 5 W + H as research technique.
experience and skills requiredThe trainer needs to be familiar with interview and research techniques, and refrain from giving too much information when close questions are being asked.
When planning the game the trainer needs to be able to find an object or person/character that is familiar to the group
infrastructure, setting, resourcesa spacious room
Lengththe game lasts about 5 minutes. However, with the trainer info, etc, it could last up to 1 hour.
an object or a piece of paper with the name of a well-known person/character.
How the activity should take placeThe trainer introduces the game. There is a box and in the box there is an object (in this case, the box can be passed around and the participants might shake it to get some information on the object) or the name of a person inside. They need to guess what or who is in the box by asking open/closed or both kind of questions.
Analyse the quality of information achieved with open vs. close questions.
Discuss the use of open and close questions in a radio interview setting.