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Educational Dialogues

Understanding and Promoting Productive interaction, 1st Edition

Edited by Karen Littleton, Christine Howe


356 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / Vocational Guidance
EDUCATION / Research