Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Shor, I., & Freire, P. (1987). What is the "dialogical method" of teaching? Journal of Education, 169 (3), 11-31.

This article is actually an interview illustrating the liberatory aspects of the dialogical method between Ira Shore and Paulo Freire. Both authors advocate that dialogue is not a technique for instructional practice, but is instead a means of transforming the social relations in the classroom into new understandings of content and society. The authors call this collaborative process "relearning." Both the teacher and the student bring knowledge into the classroom, but it is the interactive dialogic process that brings new meaning to that knowledge, giving the student a critical view on reality. This learning occurs as students and teachers seek to alleviate the tension that develops when: familiar and unfamiliar knowledge or ideas conflict with one another, when the traditional view clouds the truth, and when the student experiences conflicting emotions about traditional and liberatory class activities.

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