I am a professor of education at the University of Exeter with a strong interest in the theory and practice of dialogic education. My projects and publications focus on teaching thinking through dialogic education with technology.
In my recent work I argue that a) we need to understand education for thinking and creativity as dialogic education, drawing learners into dialogue not only with specific others but also with absent virtual others and b) that the Internet has new and different cognitive affordances from print requiring a new theory of education. Education means being drawn out into dialogue through relationships with situated others, with cultural voices and with the unbounded horizon of the Internet itself which I call the voice of the Infinite Other. The main dialogic relation driving education is not between situated individuals in face to face dialogue so much as between a central question or project and an unbounded horizon of answering voices.
Work web link: http://education.exeter.ac.uk/staff_details.php?user=rbw201
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I teach a masters module on Education for the Internet Age – please join us next year.
I supervise several PhD students and am keen to take on more good PhD students interested in dialogic education and education for the Internet Age.
Some recently successful PhDs supervised by me include:
2013 Diana Hilliard: Investigating the relationship between dialogic interaction and written argumentation in A level history.
2012 Rupert Higham: Developing pedagogy for responsible leadership: Towards a dialogic theory of democratic education.
2012 Sami Alsenaidi: Electronic brainstorming in Saudi primary education
2011 Mahmoud Abdullah: Web-Based New Literacies and EFL Curriculum Design in Teacher Education: A Design Study for Expanding EFL Student Teachers’ Language-Related Literacy Practices in an Egyptian Pre-service Teacher Education Program