Learning from Teachers' Concepts of Dialogic Pedagogy

Matan Barak

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Advocates of dialogic pedagogy advance a certain set of ideas about productive classroom talk. Associated research processes usually begin with researchers' concepts of what dialogue should look like and then examine whether teachers understand and enact them. Following Vygotsky's ideas that concepts are formed primarily through social interaction and that learners are never tabula rasa, I investigate teachers' concepts of dialogic pedagogy as they emerged during a professional development workshop. I use thematic analysis to identify seven teachers' concepts, examining whether and how they were advanced during the workshop and investigate the broader contexts that shape them. My examination of teachers' concepts shows that (a) teachers have an eclectic and flexible approach toward dialogic pedagogy, pointing to conflicting pedagogical needs and pressures; (b) teachers' concepts are embedded within classroom affordances and constraints, pointing to their potential role in bridging between researchers' concepts and the realities and limitations of classroom practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All
Subtitle of host publicationOverarching Research, Development, and Practices - 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
EditorsClark Chinn, Edna Tan, Carol Chan, Yael Kali
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330653
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 6 Jun 202210 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316


Conference16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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