Dialogue is more than ‘just talk’. It involves teachers and learners commenting and cumulatively building on each other’s ideas, posing questions and constructing interpretations together.
Key features of educational dialogue:
- Dialogue means being able to articulate ideas seen from someone else’s perspective
- It is characterised by chains of (primarily open) questions and answers.
- It may be sustained over the course of a single lesson or across lessons.
- It builds on the idea of ‘exploratory talk’, where learners explore different perspectives, construct shared knowledge, make reasoning explicit and are willing to change their minds (Mercer, 2000).
- It has a critical dimension: learners respectfully critique their own and others’ ideas.
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