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Dialogic Theory and Research Methodology

Dialogic Theory and Methodology

Strand Leaders: Rupert Wegerif and Fiona Maine (with others including Riikka Hofmann, Ruth Kershner & Louis Major)

This strand investigates the range of theories put forward to understand the processes connecting dialogue and learning as well as the interconnection between dialogue and the purposes and nature of education. In exploring the various theoretical perspectives behind research on educational dialogue we are concerned to understand their relationships as well to take theory forward. In doing this we also aim to develop innovative methodological approaches that are dialogic in themselves.

Areas of research include multimodal meaning making when this is understood as dialogue; the philosophy of dialogue and dialogic; dialogic and transdisciplinary investigation of complex educational phenomena; and paradigmatic and methodological issues of researching dialogue and presenting research on dialogue.

Projects include:

The role of dialogic a/symmetrical interactions among peers in diverse, multimodal reading situations (British Academy/Leverhulme: 2016-18. Maine & Hoffman). This project analyses: the role of dialogic interactions among peers in the context of diverse multimodal reading situations; the role of symmetry and asymmetry in these interactive reading contexts; children’s reflections on their own collaborative processes in these interactive reading contexts.