Research by staff in our Centre for Shared Education was presented at the 2017 conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis, at the University of Bologna on 11-14 October.
In their paper “Fostering interaction and dialogue through shared education”, Rebecca Loader and Ruth Leitch (pictured) explored the role of language and intercultural dialogue in shared classes in Northern Ireland and Macedonia. Drawing on interviews with teachers and programme staff, they examined the tensions that exist between promoting positive encounters and engaging with reconciliation issues.
A paper by Joanne Hughes and Danielle Blaylock, “Shared education in Northern Ireland: a school-based initiative for the promotion of intergroup dialogue”, charted the evolution of shared education and presented research demonstrating its positive impact on intergroup attitudes.
In her presentation, “Do you see the difference? Changing points of view in university classroom talk”, Aisling O’Boyle examined the construction of disciplinary knowledge in university classrooms. Using dialogue from English literature seminars and architecture ‘crits’, she explored how students’ understanding of subject content and norms is developed through interaction with teachers.