Bakhtinian Dialogic and Vygotskian Dialectic: Compatabilities and contradictions in the classroom?
White, E.J. (2011). Bakhtinian Dialogic and Vygotskian Dialectic: Compatabilities and contradictions in the classroom? Educational Philosophy And Theory, available online 2 November 2011.
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This article explores two central notions of ‘dialectics’ and ‘dialogics’ based on the work of Vygotsky (drawing on philosophers such as Hegel, Spinoza, Engels and Marx) and Bakhtin (drawing on members of the Bakhtin Circle and writers such as Dostoevsky and Rabelais) respectively, as well their varying interanimations within Stalin-Marxist Russian society. It is proposed that these two positions are incommensurably located alongside one another in contemporary education. I argue that Bakhtin offers diametrically oppositional educational provocations to those of Vygotsky. The implications of these interpretations will be explored with consideration of their underlying philosophical incompatibilities and contradictions, as well as the opportunities such a consideration pose for educational practice today.
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