The polyphonic classroom: Are we all special educators?


Skidmore, D., 2012. The polyphonic classroom: Are we all special educators? Kristianstad, Sweden: Kristianstad University Press, pp. 35-44.

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In this chapter, I ask whether a dialogic approach to pedagogy can help us in thinking about the important and seemingly intractable issues which confront any attempt to move towards a fully comprehensive pattern of educational provision (Skidmore, 2004). In particular, I explore the ramifications of the concept of ‘polyphony’ that was developed by the Russian writer Mikhail Bakhtin (Bakhtin, 1929/1984). Whilst Bakhtin was mostly concerned with literary theory, particularly the theory of the novel, I argue that his development of this concept has the potential to cast light on aspects of education and pedagogic practice, particularly where these concern our thinking about the value of human heterogeneity and how this impacts on our approach to communicative interaction in the classroom, and other educational settings.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsSkidmore, D.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
ID Code29582


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