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Dialogue and Education


Date Posted: 5/5/2018 2:45:48 AM

Posted By: celestinemuchika  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 625

Dialogue was derived from two Greek words "dia" and "logos"meaning communication between two or more people.It refers to the moment when human beings meet to reflect on their reality as they remake it.Education as a dialogue purpose a middle ground approach between the traditional approach and progressive approach to education.It bridges the gap between transmission and socialization,prevalent to the traditional view and liberation and individualization emphasized by progressivism.

Proponents of dialogue observe that both views fail to address the basic meaning of human existence which is co-existence.This means that there should be no polarity between the individuals and society rather both the society and individual need to be catered for in education.Education should develop knowledge and understanding in ways that are accordant to the society values as well as development of one's personality.

Dialogue entails mutual respect and understanding between individuals and society.It encourages the process of communication.The teacher represents society and the learner ought to be involved in dialogue during their activities.Basis of the teacher - learner relationship ought to be realization that the learner is a human being with right to exist and express himself.Dialogue requires teacher and learner to encounter each other equally , each playing an essential role as far as education is concerned.This rules out the methods and procedures of monologue which destroy realization of a fulfilling education

Dialogue is a democratic communication.It affirms the freedom of the participants to make and remake their culture in many ways;

1)Dial puts the object to be known between the subjects of knowing.They meet around it and through it for mutual inquiry.

2. The educator normal has prior contact with the object to be known.
He is the one who brings it into the class for learners to discuss.However the teacher's prior knowledge of the object doesn't mean that he has exhausted all dimensions

of the object.

3) It is required that the teacher relearns to avoid transferring knowledge statistically as a fixed possession of the teacher;(dialogue demands a dynamic approximation towards the object)

4) Dialogue doesn't mean that everyone in class must say something even if they have nothing to say.Only sustains a level of freedom for any learner who may want to say something.

5) Dialogue requires that the starting point of learning be ordinary experiences of reality.

6) Words used must be familiar.Clarity of words leads to clarity of thought hence effective communication.

7) Teachers must be able to grasp the learner's entry behavior in terms of their cognitive,literacy and vocabulary,political and social ideas they possess.

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