Dialogue has long been used in primary classrooms to stimulate thinking, but it is not always easy to unite the creative thinking of good dialogue with the need for children to understand the core concepts behind knowledge-rich subjects. A sound understanding of key concepts is essential to progress through the national curriculum, and assessment of this understanding along with effective feedback is central to good practice.

Dialogic Education builds upon decades of practical classroom research to offer a method of teaching that applies the power of dialogue to achieving conceptual mastery. Easy-to-follow template lesson plans and activity ideas are provided, each of which has been tried and tested in classrooms and is known to succeed.

Providing a structure for engaging children and creating an environment in which dialogue can flourish, this book is separated into three parts:

  • Establishing a classroom culture of learning;
  • Core concepts across the curriculum;
  • Wider dialogues: Educational adventures in the conversation of mankind.

Written to support all those in the field of primary education, this book will be an essential resource for student, trainee and qualified primary teachers interested in the educational importance of dialogue.

part 1|2 pages

Establishing a classroom culture of learning

chapter Chapter 1|8 pages

The 4Cs of Thinking Together

chapter Chapter 2|31 pages

A practical guide to introducing the 4Cs

chapter Chapter 3|9 pages

Making progress with the 4Cs

chapter Chapter 4|8 pages

Developing the skills of dialogue

part 2|2 pages

Core concepts across the curriculum

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Principles for conceptual understanding

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Science and the concept of ‘force’

chapter Chapter 7|22 pages

Religious education and the concept of ‘love’

chapter Chapter 8|8 pages

Mathematics and the concept of ‘proof’

chapter Chapter 9|7 pages

English literature and the concept of ‘theme’

part 3|2 pages

Wider dialogues

chapter Chapter 10|7 pages

The wider purposes of education

chapter Chapter 11|7 pages

An adventure in citizenship

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

An adventure in the history of science

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Global dialogue