Professor Rupert Wegerif
Professor of Education at the University of Exeter
All my projects and teaching are united by a focus on educational dialogue and on a dialogic theory of education. My work on educational technology is about how we can support real dialogue through the Internet. My work on classroom oracy is about how we can teach in a way that fosters the dispositions and skills needed to be more dialogic or open to learning from others and learning with others. Both challenging and augmenting the dominant theories in the psychology of education I am working to develop and implement a new, 'dialogic' theory of cognitive development or learning to think. I love theory. But for me theory is inseparable from practice and from the aim of changing things for the better.
I am Director of Research in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter where I also head the Centre for Teaching Thinking and Dialogue. I edit the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity and I coordinate (with Gert Biesta) the EARLI SIG on ‘educational theory‘ (EARLI SIG 25).