A Dialogic Theory of Educational Technology

Rupert Wegerif, Louis Major

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Education draws students into participation in ongoing cultural dialogues. These dialogues are mediated by communications technology in various forms from words, through books, to the internet and increasingly AI language assistants. Technology is therefore at the heart of education. However, the distinctive role and impact of technology has not always been reflected in theories of education. In this chapter, we put forward a dialogic theory of educational technology intended to serve as a foundation for design. The kind of designs this theory grounds are combined pedagogical and technical designs to facilitate the dynamic interweaving of educational dialogues at different spatio-temporal scales, linking short-term face-to-face dialogues to long-term and more global dialogues. Dialogic education with technology is, we argue, an essential response to two of the biggest challenges of our time—the challenge of the Anthropocene and the challenge of the Digital Age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Dialogue in Polarized Societies
Subtitle of host publicationDialogic perspectives in times of change
EditorsOla Erstad, Bente E Hagtvet, James V Wertsch
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780197605424
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


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