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October 13th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM New York time/US Eastern time. 
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Drawing from the rich array of ideas and practices surrounding social constructionist theory, this Dialogue with the Authors: A Webinar, will showcase work from a variety of different cultural settings in education. The editors of this volume will discuss how constructionist initiatives in education can be successfully shared across national boundaries. More important, we come to see how ideas and practices can be re-formed as they shift from one cultural context to another. Social constructionist logics do not demand regimentation and restriction; rather, they invite continuous emergence. Constructionism does not, for example, make a clean separation between theory and practice. Theory is itself a practice, and all practice carries with it often unspoken conceptual assumptions. Further, changes in micro-practices (for example, classroom pedagogy) are not fundamentally distinct from system change. The book includes 20 contributions from 12 countries across four continents, with each contribution carrying its own special qualities and creativity. We hope that the process of sharing these contributions through this online dialogue will invite the participant in to read the book, and continue to shape education in the years to come.

The book is available as free download. We invite you to download the book now and read it before the webinar.  Download the book at:

Some questions to ponder before the webinar:

  1.  In what ways have you created or experienced a learning environment that you would call relational?  How did this enhance participants' learning?
  2.  What is the place of evaluation/assessment in education and how can we evaluate/assess in a relational manner?
  3. Have you been involved in constructionist educational research?
  4. In what ways do you think this experience may have shaped you as well as the participants in your study?

The Book: 

1. Download the book for free - Click Here.

Slides from the webinar:

Introduction and opening slides.

Research in Education and Social Construction

Recording of the Webinar: Click Here.

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Author Bios:

Thalia Dragonas is Professor of Social Psychology and Dean of the School of Educational Sciences at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research focuses on identities, intergroup relations, intercultural education and ethnocentrism in the educational system. She has co-directed a 20-year intervention for the educational reform of the Muslim minority in Western Thrace. She co-edits a series on Social and Historical Studies in Greece and Turkey (I.B. TAURIS). She has co-edited the book Education as Social Construction:  Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice, with K. Gergen, S. McNamee and E. Tseliou (Taos WorldShare, 2015).

Sheila McNamee is Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and co-founder and Vice President of the Taos Institute (taosinstitute.net). Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, and communities. Among her most recent books are Research and Social Change: A Relational Constructionist Approach, with Dian Marie Hosking (Routledge, 2012) and Education as Social Construction: Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice, co-edited with T. Dragonas, K. Gergen, E. Tseliou (Taos WorldShare, 2015).

Eleftheria Tseliou is an Associate Professor of Research Methodology and Qualitative Methods at the University of Thessaly, Greece. Her interests include the development of qualitative research methodologies, like discourse and conversation analysis and the study of psychotherapeutic process in systemic family therapy as well as the study of educational processes. She has published in international Journals, like Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Journal of Family Therapy. She has also co-edited the book Education as Social Construction: Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice, with T. Dragonas, K. Gergen, and S. McNamee (Taos WorldShare, 2015).

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