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Dialogue has been seen as a form of interpersonal communication that emphasizes the open exchange of ideas and mutual respect, and it has a long history in the context of education. Plato (ca. 437 BCE to ca. 347 BCE) is credited with systematizing the genre as a form of pedagogy in his philosophical writings. This entry explores the close connection between dialogue and education, beginning with normative views that hold up dialogue as a pedagogical ideal and continuing with a review of recent critiques of dialogue that point out some of its purported limitations as an approach to teaching, particularly in multicultural settings. The entry concludes with a discussion of the practice of dialogue, exploring issues such as silence, activist versus deliberative communication, and the ...

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