Thanks, John! Your comments are really useful. Thinking of good research questions is tricky as an adult so teaching it is hard too. As teachers and librarians, I think we find it difficult to let go and allow our children to do this themselves for fear of the questions not being ‘good’ enough. However, I think that once you allow children to start thinking of their own, with guidance, they probably come up with better questions themselves. This will because they are being given the freedom to learn what interests them rather than what we think they should be finding out.
I would love to see some examples of questions from children if anyone is willing to share.