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On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action

On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action

Jane Vella

ISBN: 978-1-119-01626-7

Jul 2014, Jossey-Bass

272 pages



On Teaching and Learning takes the ideas explored in renowned educator Jane Vella’s best-selling book Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach to the next level and explores how dialogue education has been applied in educational settings around the world. Throughout the book, she shows how to put the principles and practices of dialogue education into action and uses illustrative stories and examples from her extensive travels. Dialogue education values inquiry, integrity, and commitment to equity—values that are also central to democracy. Learners are treated as beings worthy of respect, recognized for the knowledge and experience they bring to the learning experience. Dialogue education emphasizes the importance of safety and belonging. It is an approach that welcomes one’s certainties and one’s questions.


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Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxvii

The Author xxix

Introduction 1

Part One: Structured 9

1. Why Structure? 11

2. Learning Needs and Resources Assessment 19

3. The Seven Design Steps 31

Part Two: Social 51

4. The Learning Task in a Small Group 53

5. Individual Learning Enhanced 67

Part Three: Sound 81

6. Principles and Practices: Current State of the Art 83

7. Open Questions Invite Dialogue 111

8. The Designer’s Skill: Trust Your Design 117

Part Four: Sure 127

9. Indicators of Learning, Transfer, and Impact 129

10. Impact and the Seven Design Steps 137

Part Five: Synthesis: Putting It All Together 147

11. Putting It All Together: Examples of Dialogue Education Designs 149

12. An On-Line Course Using Dialogue Education 167

13. Dialogue Education in School Leadership 171

14. Dialogue Education in Health Care Settings 191

15. Dialogue Education in a College Classroom 205

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms Used in Dialogue Education 215

Appendix B: Tough Verbs for Learning Tasks 221

References 223

Index 227