A selection of useful strategies to sustain dialogue
DIALOGUE, in the context of a p4c, refers to a kind of speaking and listening in which people focus on questions, make suggestions in response to the questions and then analyse, explore, evaluate, compare, justify and challenge the suggestions. Participants such dialogues are open-minded enough to consider suggestions that contradict their own opinions and beliefs.
In this section, our contributors share practical ideas about how to instigate dialogue, sustain it and improve it.
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An article about using children's own discussions as stimuli and about a distinction between spontaneous and deliberate philosophising.
Why and how to help pupils get more control over their thinking by using a the language of reasoning. Practical advice for use in P4C and across the curriculum.
The method of a 'panel discussion' provides a very useful and flexible discussion format. It also helps you work with very large groups.
A game, or activity, to develop critical thinking in group dialogue, reading and writing.
Some advice from an experienced practitioner.