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ERIC Number: EJ1130973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Commentary on the Papers
Howe, Christine; Mercer, Neil
Language and Education, v31 n1 p83-92 2017
This commentary discusses the four papers that comprise the special issue on dialogic teaching and learning, while making general observations that apply across the field as a whole. Similarities and differences are identified over the concepts of "dialogue" and "dialogic pedagogy". The possibility is raised that some aspects of dialogic pedagogy are more tractable than others, perhaps because they are more readily mapped onto traditional practices. The implications of this for analysing the dialogue-learning relation are considered. Attention is paid to the relevance for classroom dialogue of topic, epistemology, multilingualism, and the wider socio-political context. Finally, the challenge of scalability is addressed, in particular the need for cost-effective methods of teacher professional development if dialogic pedagogy is ever to become widely embedded in classrooms. [For the papers discussed in this commentary, see "Democracy, Voice and Dialogic Pedagogy: The Struggle to Be Heard and Heeded" (EJ1130971); "Trans/Languaging and the Triadic Dialogue in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Classrooms" (EJ1130972); "Instructional Coaching through Dialogic Interaction: Helping a Teacher to Become Agentive in Her Practice" (EJ1130974); and "Toward a More Dialogic Pedagogy: Changing Teachers' Beliefs and Practices through Professional Development in Language Arts Classrooms" (EJ1130975).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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