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Extending Expertise by Promoting Deep Discussion

Extending Expertise by Promoting Deep Discussion

Essential Question

How can we use discussion to promote the most powerful and dialogic learning spaces?

Do you ever talk to yourself? How often do you call up a friend or family member when you need to make a decision or reflect on a life experience? The power of dialogue (including what Vygotsky called inner speech—when you talk yourself through a process or problem) is truly remarkable in promoting deeper understanding!

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Growing up on a farm, Jackie found that there was always new learning to do, and she would have been completely lost without the apprenticeship of her father and grandfather. Luckily, their experiences, expertise, and willingness to share, combined ...

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