Opportunities for students to engage in dialogue

Using the example of a course on which you teach, consider the opportunities you currently provide for students to engage with these different types of ‘dialogue’. We will ask you to return to this exercise at the end of this section, to encourage you to consider further ways in which you can enable learning through dialogue in your course.

Dialogue with the course content/subject knowledge




Dialogue with the teacher




Dialogue with peers




Dialogue with self/own learning





Looking at your responses:

  1. How do you understand the idea of learning as dialogue in different teaching situations?
  2. Are you able to think of more or different ways in which to introduce the idea of dialogue as learning into different aspects of your courses?
  3. What potential barriers are there to effective dialogue between students and teachers?
  4. What can contribute to effective dialogue between students and teachers?