Category Archives: Dialogical

Both Dialogic and Dialectic

Wertsch’s sociocultural anthropology, grounded in a theory of mind which owes much to the ideas of Vygotsky and Bakhtin, has enabled a rich understanding of classroom learning in terms of ‘growing semiotic control’ and ‘mastery of the mediational means’. This … Continue reading

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Social Poetics as a Relational Practice – Creating Resourceful Communities

Our overall interest here, is in those kinds of things that people can only do together that they cannot possibly do apart, in isolation from each other. Our interests resonate with the themes and topics expressed in the epigraph quotes … Continue reading

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Literature Reviews: Generative and Transformative Textual Conversations

The intention of this article is to invite readers to explore and understand how literature reviews can be conducted from a systemic and dialogical approach. After reading a paper by Montuori, I considered how literature reviews could be situated systemically … Continue reading

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The rebirth of Dialogue: Bakhtin, Socrates, and the Rhetorical Tradition

Dialogue has suffered a long eclipse in the history of philosophy and the history of rhetoric but has enjoyed a rebirth in the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Buber, and Mikhail Bakhtin. Among twentieth-century figures, Bakhtin took a special interest … Continue reading

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The Dialogically Extended Mind: Language as Skilful Intersubjective Engagement

A growing conceptual and empirical literature is advancing the idea that language extends our cognitive skills. One of the most influential positions holds that language – qua material symbols – facilitates individual thought processes by virtue of its material properties. … Continue reading

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The Dialogic Change Model

The Dialogic Change Model introduced here allows for result-oriented, structured planning and implementation of a Stakeholder Dialogue. It is divided into four phases. This division has proven helpful in taking all demands and requirements of the different phases of a … Continue reading

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Dialogic Inquiry: Towards a Sociocultural Practice and Theory of Education

Book. For more than a quarter-century, the polemics surrounding educational reform have centered on two points of view: those that favor a “progressive” child-centered form of education, and those that would prefer a return to a more structured, teacher-directed curriculum … Continue reading

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Collaborative Relationships and Dialogic Conversations

Knowledge and language are contextualized social, cultural, historical, and communal processes. Creating theories, ideas, truths, beliefs, realities, or how-tos is an interactive interpretive process of social discourse that occurs within knowledge communities and is produced in language; all parties contribute … Continue reading

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Giving shareable form to collective thought using a Shared Thinking approach

This paper introduces the practice and theoretical framework for a new generative learning environment that creates shareable electronic artefacts from reflective dialogue across a whole group. These artefacts are quantitative and qualitative representations of student experience. By grouping these student-generated … Continue reading

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Situated Dialogic Action Research – Disclosing ‘‘Beginnings’’ for Innovative Change in Organizations

I want to discuss a version of collaborative action research oriented toward exploring, and verbally articulating, the real possibilities for making an innovative next step in a specific situation in a particular organization. There are many situations in organizational life … Continue reading

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