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ERIC Number: ED404658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-29
Pages: 6
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Dialogic Teaching in a Monologic Culture.
Siebert, Hilary
Dialogic learning is what one instructor calls "speaking back to other voices as a reader and a writer." The idea is for students to situate their own voices in the voices of classmates and texts on subjects they are studying. Students interview each other, use each other's knowledge along with written sources as part of the "voices" informing their research and position papers. This approach is used because academic writing can be cold, and students need to feel that they have a place and a voice in academic writing. Ironically, a breakdown in communication occurred between the instructor and several of her students who, disgruntled with their grades, were unwilling to engage in any dialogue about their work or progress. It appears that the main goal of these students is not to better understand their difficulties with writing but to register complaints--they seem unwilling to listen or to talk about matters seriously or at length. These students inhabit a culture where the first rule of discourse is the rule of courtesy, and courtesy means not really listening to another's voice; it means pretending to make each other feel good while business is transacted. These students seem to be saying, "You may not think what I say amounts to anything but you could at least give me a good grade so I wouldn't have to think about it." (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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