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Mediated Dialogue in Action Research
Mediated dialogue in action research
Charles J. PalusJohn B. McGuire

The term dialogue indicates special kinds of conversations in which a deeper level of meaning and shared understanding is intended. In this chapter, we offer an approach to the facilitation of group dialogue, which we call mediated dialogue. This approach is complementary to other approaches and does not replace them. Mediated dialogue is a good way for beginners to learn the basics of dialogue, and provides useful options for more advanced practitioners including those using dialogue as a part of action research.

Consider the notion of dialogue as articulated by David Bohm (originator of ‘Bohmian dialogue'):

[I]t is proposed that a form of free dialogue may well be one of the most effective ...

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