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First Training Session On Dialogic Gatherings

First training session on Dialogic Gatherings

On 28 April 2022, a first training session of the Learning Teaching and Training Activity on Dialogic Gatherings was held. More than 50 educators from 6 different countries participated in this first online session which is part of the Dive-In-Dialogue project.

The creator of the Dialogic Gatherings and first scientist in the world in the social impact rankings, Professor Ramón Flecha, opened the session by encouraging participants to implement educational actions based on scientific evidence that has already demonstrated sustained educational improvements in different contexts. Professor Flecha also shared insights from decades of research on how providing the best knowledge can transform the life chances of the most vulnerable groups.

Following, Dr. Sandra Racionero, double PhD at Winsconsin-Madison University, explained the latest scientific research from the field of socio-neuroscience on how we learn best. Her presentation focused on unpacking one by one the seven principles of dialogic learning as the fundamental basis necessary for the DGs to achieve the best results for all participants.

Successful results

María Vieites Casado, a researcher at CREA, explained the step-by-step implementation of the DGs in their most practical aspects. She also discussed and justified the type of works that are used in these Gatherings, the best universal works of culture and science. Her presentation was accompanied by two testimonies from practitioners who have been implementing DG for years.

Rachel Snape, headteacher at Milton Road Primary School in Cambridge, UK, shared the successful results achieved with the implementation of the DG in Primary education. Then Pedro Filipe Matos, an English teacher from Portugal talked about his experiences and good results achieved by the rigorous and sustained implementation of the Dialogic Gatherings in Secondary Education.

Each of the sessions was followed by an extensive Q&A session in which participants could clarify content and share their doubts and contributions. The event culminated with a Dialogic Literary Gathering, in which participants debated selected pages from Chapter XII of Homer’s Ulysses. Relevant subjects such as friendship, death and burials, learning from mistakes and solidarity were discussed.

About Dive-In-Dialogue

A Dialogic Gathering is an educative and cultural activity where people get together to create knowledge and meaning about the best universal cultural and scientific knowledge.

Objectives of Dive-In-Dialogue:

  • Involve European disadvantaged students in Dialogic Gatherings, improving their key competences and fostering their inclusion in school and in society.
  • Train and empower teachers to use and disseminate this evidence-based practice, working transnationally and reaching disadvantaged students, their families and communities.
  • Create a transnational network, with didactic resources and a platform, to enable the scaleup, sustainability, and political impact of the practice.

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