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Pedagogy: ways of addressing and dialogical method

Erin's picture

The discussion we had in Tuesday really left me with more thinking about the question we are going to discuss this semester. Even from one reading about voice of students in educational research, Alison Cook-Sather studies it in so many different layers.  Surprisingly, each key word are intervened and connected through certain perspectives. The voice participated in the educational discussion might not present all the people present. Even though the voice participated might be heard, whether the advices brought by the voice can be enacted depends on who is in power. On the other hand, the interpretation of the voice totally depends on the listeners’ involvement in the conversation. Therefore, the process from the action of speaking to the final realization of the and actualization of the problem brought up by the voice is long and filled with uncertainties,

Elizabeth Ellsworth, Teaching Position

As a non-native English speaker, I was stuck as the word pedagogy. Yes, I was stuck at the first line and doubted whether I should look the work up or just keep reading and hopefully get the sense of the meaning of the word as I read more. However, as I read more, more questions came into my mind.

As an introduction of a book, author really included many of her thoughts in these pages. She started with her unhappy memories back at public school and concluded that if the public school ever tried to addressed the part of author to be passionate about learning, it failed. I really like the analogy author drew between chemistry glassware and memories about school. They all looked shiny but not that useful and had to have access to.

Then it became more interesting when two of the 360 courses both chose to address Tompkins’s work. Tompkins said that what she expected from school and what she got were different beyond belief. The mode of address is a particular unique relation can also be invisible.  Author suggested teachers should fine-tune their modes of address and add concerns about modes of address to their teaching strategies.

To be honest, I don’t think I get what the author is trying to say in the article. I am still not sure I got the right meaning of the word address.