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ERIC Number: ED465126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 13
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Dialogic Reading: Adult Learners Crossing Cultural Borders.
Gallart, Marta Soler
A two-year ethnographic study of dialogic literary circles in Spain explored the learning experience of adults who participated in them. In a dialogic society, educational projects providing real opportunities for transformation and overcoming inequalities usually had a dialogic orientation and promoted instrumental learning as well as critical reflection and democratic participation. These four elements of the dialogic approach present in the literary circle were focused upon to explain the whole process of learning and transformation: intersubjective dialogue, universal learning capacity, recreation of the lifeworld, and transformation. The ethnographic study in two literary circles in two adult learning centers uncovered how participants construct meaning from their learning experience in the literary circle. It intended to capture the essence of the literary circle--how participants made meaning of their involvement with the classic literature and shared experience of the circle. Data were collected through participant observation, interviews, focus groups, and Federation of Participants' Associations documents. The main finding was a new understanding of the reading event, dialogic reading. These four dimensions that take place in the dialogic reading process were identified: collective interpretation, communicative reading comprehension, critical reading, and transformation. (Contains 27 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain