A Pedagogical Framework for a Polyphonic form of Teaching

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

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The Pedagogical Framework of eDidaktik.dk can form the basis for an assessment of, whether a digital learning tool is suitable for use in teaching. ICT pedagogy

Thomas J Okon‘s insight:

Here is a new pedagogial framework based on a distiction between a monological, a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching. The tree forms of teaching are derived from  M.M. Bakhtin’s novel theory.

The process used for the polyphonic form of this framework bares some resemblance to the learning theory of constructivism, which states that learning is an active process of constructing knowledge rather than acquiring it. Knowledge is constructed based on personal experiences and hypotheses of the environment. 

According to Niels Jakob Pasgaard, in the polyphonic form, the objective is for students and teachers to gain mutual understanding and knowledge through dialogue and collaboration where both parties act as co-learners. The polyphonic form is based on the idea that knowledge is created through an exchange of many different individuals’ perceptions of the world, and learning is seen as the student’s participation in this mutual exchange. Communication within this form of teaching thus becomes polyphonic, and is initiated and controlled by both teacher and students. Whereas the teacher is seen as an expert within the monological and the dialogical forms, she has the role of an equal collaborator in the polyphonic form.

Social constructivism also emphasizes the importance of the learner being actively involved in the learning process, as opposed to depending on the teacher to deliver knowledge while the learner passively receives it.


This framework, while not actually referencing constructivism, appears to lay out a pedagogy that can take advantage of constructivisms theory of how we learn.

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