Dialogic gatherings

A Dialogic Gathering (DG) is both an educational and a cultural activity where all participants discuss best universal works in literature, art, music, science and other domains, and together construct meaning. DGs enable anyone to have direct access to the universally recognised “best works”, regardless of their age, gender, culture or ability.

Dialogic learning is based on the theory that learners develop a deep understanding of a subject through discussions which build upon each person’s cultural intelligence and support shared creation of meaning.

DG have been identified as one of Successful Educational Actions in INCLUD-ED Project (FP6) for their proven capacity to improve learning, emotional self-regulation, and the overall learning climate. DGs help to raise the quality and extent of interactions of all participants.

Among dialogue gatherings we find:

  • Dialogic Literary Gatherings
  • Dialogic Music Gatherings
  • Dialogic Art Gatherings
  • Dialogic Mathematical Gatherings
  • Dialogic Scientific Gatherings

Basic steps

  • Before the gathering, (a) the class chooses a text from classical world literature and agrees on the number of pages to be read; and (b) each participant reads the text at home and selects the paragraphs that he/she likes the most or have caught his/her attention, to share them at the gathering with the other classmates.
  • During the gathering: (a) all participants gather in a circle; (b) the moderator (usually the teacher, but can be any of the students) asks who wants to share their paragraph(s). The moderator then creates a list of names of students willing to participate/share their paragraph, to ensure that everyone who wants to speak has the opportunity to do so; (c) each participant, in turn, is given the opportunity by the moderator to read his/her chosen paragraph and explain why he/she selected it; (d) the moderator invites responses/comments to the shared paragraph; (e) when the discussion ends, the moderator moves on to the next participant (name) on the list. The same procedure is repeated throughout the duration of the gathering.


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