Volume 7   Number 1     Springs 2013

Dialogical Education in a Time of Globalization: Expansion, Localization and Connection (Comment on Fecho)

Gerard Wijers
Instituut voor Beroepskeuze en Loopbaan Psychologie (IBLP)
Hilversum, The Netherlands
pp. 129-135

ABSTRACT. In response to Fecho’s work a case is made for dialogue in the classroom. It is argued that dialogue can bridge contradictions that we are faced with as a result of the globalization process. It is increasingly important that education takes this message to heart and aims to raise citizens; it is essential that young people learn to become attuned to the beauty and aesthetics inherent in dialogue and are not merely brought up to focus on succeeding on the labour market or to see culture as another consumer product. The review discusses what dialogue is and how a dialogical space is created by taking on myriad I- and we-positions and switching between them – even playfully. Finally dialogue is also about developing one’s talent, imagining optimistic possible futures, and addressing conflicts by getting to know others viewpoints; dialogue is both clarifying and creative and essential to the development of individuals and the collective in a civilized society.


KEYWORDS: dialogical education, globalization, play