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Dialogic Inquiry

Dialogic Inquiry
Towards a Socio-cultural Practice and Theory of Education

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521637251

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  • For more than a quarter of a century, the polemics surrounding educational reform have centered on two points of view: those who favor a 'progressive' child-centered form of education, and those who would prefer a return to a more structured, teacher-directed curriculum, which emphasizes basic knowledge and skills. Vygotsky's social constructivist theory offers an alternative solution, placing stress on co-construction of knowledge by more and less mature participants engaging in joint activity together, with semiotic mediation as the primary means whereby the less mature participants can seek solutions to everyday problems, using the resources existing in society. In addition to using illustrative examples from classroom studies, a comparative analysis of the theories and complementary developments in works by Vygotsky, and the linguist M. A. K. Halliday, are provided. This unique volume will be of tremendous benefit to those in the field of education, as well as to sociolinguists, psychologists and researchers.

    • Offers an approach to education for a 'knowledge society'
    • Author is highly visible and lectures widely
    • Based on collaborative research with teachers
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    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521637251
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Conventions of transcription
    Introduction
    Part I. Establishing the Theoretical Framework:
    1. The complementary contributions of Halliday and Vygotsky to a 'language-based theory of learning'
    2. In search of knowledge
    3. Discourse and knowing in the classroom
    Part II. Discourse, Learning, and Teaching:
    4. Text, talk, and inquiry: schooling as semiotic apprenticeship
    5. Putting a tool to different uses: a reevalution of the IRF sequence
    6. From guessing to predicting: progressive discourse in the learning and teaching of science
    7. Using the tool-kit of discourse in the activity of learning and teaching
    8. Making meaning with text: a genetic approach to the mediating role of writing
    Part III. Learning and Teaching in the ZPD:
    9. On learning with and from our students
    10. The zone of proximal development and its implications for learning and teaching
    Appendices
    References
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Gordon Wells, University of Toronto

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