1st Edition

Educational Dialogues Understanding and Promoting Productive interaction

Edited By Karen Littleton, Christine Howe Copyright 2010
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    Educational Dialogues provides a clear, accessible and well-illustrated case for the importance of dialogue and its significance for learning and teaching. The contributors characterise the nature of productive dialogues, to specify the conditions and pedagogic contexts within which such dialogues can most effectively be resourced and promoted.

    Drawing upon a broad range of theoretical perspectives, this collection examines:

    • theoretical frameworks for understanding teaching and learning dialogues
    • teacher-student and student-student interaction in the curricular contexts of mathematics, literacy, science, ICT and philosophy
    • the social contexts supporting productive dialogues
    • implications for pedagogic design and classroom practice.

    Bringing together contributions from a wide range of internationally renowned researchers, this book will form essential reading for all those concerned with the use of dialogue in educational contexts.

    Contributors  Acknowledgements  Introduction: Educational Dialogues: Understanding and Promoting Productive Interaction  Part 1: Productive Dialogue  Introduction to Part 1  1. Knowing and Arguing In A Panel Debate: Speaker Roles and Responsivity to Others Mikaela Åberg, Åsa Mäkitalo and Roger Säljö 2. Peer Dialogue and Cognitive Development: A Two-Way Relationship? Christine Howe  3. Productive Interaction as Agentic Participation in Dialogic Enquiry Kristiina Kumpulainen and Lasse Lipponen  4. Can You Think With Me? The Social and Cognitive Conditions and the Fruits of Learning Valérie Tartas, Aleksandar Baucal and Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont  Part 2: Understanding Productive Interaction in Specific Curricular Contexts  Introduction to Part 2  5. The Role of Discourse in Learning Science Jonathan Osborne and Christine Chin  6. Argumentation and Mathematics Baruch B. Schwarz, Rina Hershkowitz and Naomi Prusak  7. Dialogical Interactions Among Peers in Collaborative Writing Contexts Sylvia Rojas-Drummond, Karen Littleton, Flora Hernández  and Mariana Zúñiga  8. Philosophy for Children as Dialogic Teaching Margaret Hardman and Barbara Delafield  Part 3: Social Context  Introduction to Part 3  9. More Helpful as Problem than Solution: Some Implications of Situating Dialogue in Classrooms Adam Lefstein  10. Dialogue Enhancement in Classrooms: Towards a Relational Approach for Group Working Peter Kutnick and Jennifer Colwell  11. Gender, Collaboration and Children’s Learning Patrick J. Leman  12. Change in Urban Classroom Culture and Interaction  Ben Rampton and Roxy Harris  Part 4: Promoting Productive Educational Dialogues  Introduction to Part 4  13. The Significance of Educational Dialogues Between Primary School Children Karen Littleton and Neil Mercer  14. Teaching and Learning Disciplinary Knowledge: Developing the Dialogic Space for an Answer When There Isn’t Even a Question Phil Scott, Jaume Ametller, Eduardo Mortimer and Jonathan Emberton  15. Dialogue and Teaching Thinking With Technology: Opening, Expanding and Deepening The ‘Inter-Face’ Rupert Wegerif  16. Collaborative Learning of Computer Science Concepts R. Keith Sawyer and Kenneth J. Goldman


    Karen Littleton is Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
    Christine Howe is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    "A strength of this collection is that elements are included in the text which allow readers to engage fully with the each learning scenario, for example, through data extracts of educational dialogues, learning materials, photographs of learners engaging in dialogue." - Jane Andrews, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2012