Exploring dialogic space: a case study of a religious education classroom

Vrikki, Maria, Brindley, Sue, Abedin, Manzoorul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6616-0953 and Riga, Fran (2019) Exploring dialogic space: a case study of a religious education classroom. Language and Education, 33 (5). pp. 469-485. ISSN 0950-0782

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Dialogic approaches to pedagogy have received increased attention in educational research in the past decades (Authors 2013). Despite the substantial body of research on the quality of classroom talk, the secondary education context still remains less explored (Authors 2014). The aim of the paper is to contribute to our understanding of dialogic practices in this context with a particular focus on: a) the creation of dialogic space (Wegerif 2007); and b) the enactment of dialogic interactions in this space. The paper presents a case study on a Year 13 Religious Education classroom in the South of England, UK. Data are drawn from a videorecorded lesson and audiorecorded teacher interviews. A qualitative analysis of the data revealed the importance of certain factors in creating dialogic space, including teacher instructions, activity type and teacher dialogic strategies. It is argued that being condusive to dialogue, the context of RE can be studied further. With growing evidence coming from this context, pedagogical guidelines can be created for teachers who wish to develop a more dialogic pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/09500782.2019.1604741
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Language and Education on 6 May 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09500782.2019.1604741.
Keywords: Classroom dialogue, dialogic space, secondary education, religious education, case study
Subjects: Education
Education > Teaching and learning
Depositing User: Manzoorul Abedin
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 10:35
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:03
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6989


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