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ERIC Number: ED445402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Talking Community: The Dialogue Workbook. Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Renewal.
Dorfman, Diane
This workbook explores ways to improve dialogue so as to enhance communication and self-knowledge. The text is divided into 7 chapters. Chapter 1 opens by asking the reader to describe what "talk" is and to relate conversations the reader had during the past week. It offers exercises on listening, and on understanding the context of conversations, and it underscores the need to suspend judgment while listening to someone. The next chapter looks at the dynamics when two or more people are talking and lists some of the factors that facilitate collaboration, such as learning to listen as an ally and granting others the respect of being an authority about their own thoughts and feelings. Chapters 3 and 4 delve deeper into the purpose of dialogue and its essential components, focusing on dialogue as a way of connecting with people rather than as a tool for convincing others to believe in a certain way. Chapter 5 discusses the different stages of dialogue: (1) invitation and initiation; (2) instability and conflict; (3) suspension; and (4) collective exploration. This chapter also outlines the roles of the facilitator and the participants. Chapter 6 lists strategies for when dialogue fails, and the concluding chapter offers tips for starting a dialogue. An appendix provides information on three dialogue centers (organizations which promote community dialogue). (Contains 12 references.) (RJM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.