chapter  13
10 Pages

Modes of Discourse for Living, Learning and Teaching

WithGen Ling Chang-Wells and Gordon Wells (Canada)

Two fundamental premises underpin the work of our collaborative action research group, as we attempt to bring about change in classroom learning and teaching through a focus on discourse and activity.! First, we believe that learning is an integral aspect of any form of activity - a condition of living, not merely a preparation for life in the future. Second, we believe that education at all levels must be conceived in terms of dialogue: an attempt, through the use of various modes of discourse, to develop understanding of, and to act effectively and responsibly in, our shared but diverse social and physical environment. The basis for these assumptions is to be found in our reflections on our own personal and professional experiences, as these have been enriched and given focus through our reading and discussion of the works of writers in a wide variety of intellectual traditions.