Closed Solving Reflection

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The exploration and elaboration skill in the video was used effectively regarding interviewing a witness. Open questioning during a witness interview is used more often than closed questioning, and I followed this procedure because as the interviewer I want to encourage a full, meaningful answer using the interviewee’s own knowledge and feelings. Since I knew this would help me find out more information about the incident witnessed by the interviewee, it was rare that I used closed questioning. However, instead of saying “So I hear you are a student,” with the normal response being “yes” or “no,” I instead could have said “What school are you attending?” This would have allowed the interviewee to respond with a more detailed answer such as