Learning and Space: The role of language in creating open spaces for dialogue and enquiry

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This paper offers a case study on creating open, safe and engaging spaces of dialogue conducive to independent, self-reflective enquiry in the context of university courses on global issues in education. The first part of the paper describes the setting of the case study, the perceived obstacles, the need to renegotiate the rules of the academic seminar space, and above all the necessity to find a language to relate these objectives. The second part discusses the survey conducted to elicit students’ perceptions in relation to the methodology, which was piloted to depict, characterize and communicate the space proposed. The paper concludes with a preliminary analysis of the data, which suggests the significance of language in general and of a common foreign language, a lingua franca as the working language of the course, in negotiating roles and rules of space.
TitelLooking at Learning
UntertitelHigher Education. Language. Place
Redakteure*innen B. Schröttner, Ch. Hofer
Herausgeber (Verlag)Waxmann Verlag
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2011

ÖFOS 2012

  • 503032 Lehr- und Lernforschung