Theory and practice

A dialogue reflecting on the symposium 

What is the value of public dialogue? Do we and our pupils gain anything from it? Engaging in dialogue with others can help us to create and recreate ourselves; it keeps our minds open to other possibilities. Dialogue can enable participants to bring their own perspectives, rooted in their backgrounds, to a conversation in order to understand those of others in a critical, caring, collaborative and creative way. Two primary school teachers: Katie Freeman and Adam Smith, one from a Church of England school and the other from a community school, engaged in a dialogue about their approaches to RE curriculum design and development. In a ‘respectful and collegial’ environment, they were able to create new perspectives for themselves, their schools and their pupils.

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