Dialogic Learning

What are the benefits of Dialogic Learning for participants?

Dialogic learning is a theory of learning and teaching. Learning is created through curiosity, dialogue and consensus. Working in groups, participants are both teachers and learners. Engaging in meaningful conversation with other people, engages the speakers’ critical thinking and learning skills. By developing questioning skills, participants connect ideas, challenge their assumptions, absorb and reflect on information. Learning to speak has the reciprocal effect of speaking to learn. Some key thinkers in this area are Lev Vygotsky, Paolo Freire, Jurgen Habermas, and Ramon Flecha.

Dialogic Learning is based on these learning characteristics:

Egalitarian Dialogue

Everyone is part of the learning community and can make a useful contribution.

Cultural intelligence

The community has respect for each person’s experience in the dialogue.


True learning is respectful of “other” and is transformational in nature.


Knowledge is negotiated and collaborative and questions established structures.

Meaning creation

Learning is a part of building personal and social identity. It gives people the possibility to decide, create and transform their lives.


All opinions are considered and are valid in knowledge-building.

Equality of differences

Differences in point of view are a source of richness.


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