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Research Strands

CEDiR Research Strands

CEDiR has five inter-connected Research Strands each led by core members of the group


lectureDialogue and Creative Thinking

This strand focuses on the role that dialogue plays in creative thinking, and how provisionality and ‘dialogic space’ enable speculation, imagination and inquiry.

Strand Leader: Fiona Maine


man lecturingDialogue, Professional Change and Leadership

This strand focuses on professional learning and change in and through dialogue in organisational settings: schools, hospitals and beyond, addressing current challenges in the UK and globally, relating to policy, practice, theory and methodology.

Strand Leaders: Riikka Hofmann and Sue Swaffield.


studentsDigital Technology and Dialogue

This strand focuses on the interaction between dialogue in educational settings and digital technologies. In doing so, we take a broad view of dialogue, and acknowledge the multi-modal affordances of technology for the mediation of discourse and how these may support new forms of interaction.

Strand Leaders: Louis Major and Sara Hennessy.


studentsClassroom Dialogue

Theorists have been interested in the forms of classroom dialogue that are productive for student learning for several decades. Although a plethora of terminologies and methodological approaches abound, this strand seeks to identify common ground and to enhance practices that are productive for learning.

Strand Leaders: Ruth Kershner and Sara Hennessy.


Young women sit talking, looking at something on a smart phoneCultural, religious and philosophical traditions in educational dialogue

This strand focuses on the interaction of dialogue for educational purposes and religious, cultural and philosophical traditions in educational theory, institutions and practices. Within this broad remit, it has two focal threads: intra-tradition and inter-tradition.

Strand Leaders: Daniel Moulin-Stozek and Farah Ahmed