Probing questions provide a deeper understanding of an issue or topic. This type of question encourages reflection, aids in the creation of a paradigm shift and allows for multiple responses.
Probing questions are ideal in a learning environment because they encourage students to think critically and analytically. It helps teachers to determine if students fully understand the lessons because they must answer in a way that describes the topic thoroughly. These questions also help to gain a person's attention, to bring someone back to the task at hand and to determine how much a person knows prior to teaching a lesson.