1st Edition

Introducing Dialogic Pedagogy
Provocations for the Early Years

ISBN 9780415819855
Published July 21, 2015 by Routledge
192 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Introducing Dialogic Pedagogy presents some of the ideas of Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin concerning dialogism in a way that will engage and inspire those studying early childhood education. By translating the growing body of dialogic scholarship into a practical application of teaching and learning with very young children, this book provides  readers with alternative ways of examining, engaging and reflecting on practice in the early years to provoke new ways of understanding and enacting pedagogy.

This text combines important theoretical ideas with a practical application to support practitioners who are keen to promote creativity and agency through ethical self-other relations.  It provides unique insights into the amazing world of the youngest child, and offers enriched understandings of the profound impact of adults in their journey of becoming (or bildung). 

Key points covered include:

  • Investigating dialogic philosophy and its application to early childhood education, with an emphasis on notions of  justice, democracy, ethics and answerability
  • Considering the relationship between dialogism and pedagogical approaches
  • Theorising a range of approaches to relevant early childhood practice, as pedagogy

This accessible and readable guide offers sound theoretical principles with practical suggestions for early years’ settings. The book is supplemented by an extensive online video resource website that will bring these revolutionary ideas to life.



Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Towards dialogism  2. Introducing dialogic pedagogy  3. Dialogic pedagogy in the early years  4. Teaching with love  5. Teaching and play  6. Teaching and laughter  7. Teaching and accountability  8. Dialogic provocations 

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E. Jayne White is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.


"The ideas of Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin concerning dialogism are a deeply fascinating read and are conveyed in a way that will engage and inspire anyone studying early childhood education. It highlights the profound impact we have as adults as we contribute to children’s lives in whatever role we play and the crucial importance of love, laughter and dialogue!" – Martine Horvath, eye magazine