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Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding

Placing Cultural Literacy at the Heart of Learning

  • Provides a novel contribution through its interdisciplinarity and interconnected chapters
  • Offers new and innovative reconceptualisations of themes such as cultural literacy and intercultural dialogue
  • Grounded in real contexts of children, teachers and teacher educators
  • Addresses global issues such as social responsibility and living together from multiple perspectives

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Explorations of Linkages Between Intercultural Dialogue, Art, and Empathy

    • Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen
    Pages 45-58Open Access
  3. Using Wordless Picturebooks as Stimuli for Dialogic Engagement

    • Fiona Maine, Beci McCaughran
    Pages 59-72Open Access
  4. Creative Ways to Approach the Theme of Cultural Diversity in Wordless Picturebooks Through Visual Reading and Thinking

    • Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa, Maria Chatzianastasi, Agni Stylianou-Georgiou
    Pages 73-86Open Access
  5. The DIALLS Platform: Supporting Cultural Literacy and Understanding of European Values Over the Internet

    • Lucas M. Bietti, Ben Zion Slakmon, Michael J. Baker, Françoise Détienne, Stéphane Safin, Baruch B. Schwarz
    Pages 87-101Open Access
  6. Dialogue on Ethics, Ethics of Dialogue: Microgenetic Analysis of Students’ Moral Thinking

    • Talli Cedar, Michael J. Baker, Lucas M. Bietti, Françoise Détienne, Erez Nir, Gabriel Pallarès et al.
    Pages 103-117Open Access
  7. Being (Un)safe Together: Student Group Dynamics, Facework and Argumentation

    • Benjamin Brummernhenrich, Michael J. Baker, Lucas M. Bietti, Françoise Détienne, Regina Jucks
    Pages 119-134Open Access

About this book

This open access book is a result of an extensive, ambitious and wide-ranging pan-European project focusing on the development of children and young people’s cultural literacy and what it means to be European in the 21st century prioritising intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The Horizon 2020 funded, 3-year DIalogue and Argumentation for cultural Literacy Learning (DIALLS) project included ten partners from countries in and around Europe with the aim to centralise co-constructive dialogue as a main cultural literacy value and to promote tolerance, empathy and inclusion. This is achieved through teaching children in schools from a young age to engage together in discussions where they may have differing viewpoints or perspectives, to enable a growing awareness of their own cultural identities, and those of others. Central to the project is children’s engagement with wordless picture books and films, which are used as stimuli for discussions around core cultural themes such as social responsibility, living together and sustainable development. In order to enable intercultural dialogue in action, the project developed an online platform as a tool for engagement across classes, and which this book elaborates on.


The book explores themes underpinning this unique interdisciplinary project, drawing together scholars from cultural studies, civics education and linguistics, psychologists, socio-cultural literacy researchers, teacher educators and digital learning experts. Each chapter of the book explores a theme that is common to the project, and celebrates its interdisciplinarity by exploring these themes through different lenses.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

    Fiona Maine

  • Department of Education, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

    Maria Vrikki

About the editors

Fiona Maine is a senior lecturer in literacy education at the University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on the responses of children as they read visual and multimodal texts together. She is the principal investigator and consortium leader for the three-year European project DIALLS which explores the role of dialogue supporting cultural literacy learning for young people in schools.

Maria Vrikki is a postdoctoral researcher working in the field of educational dialogue. Maria has worked on several research projects, earlier at Cambridge and currently in Cyprus, studying the quality of dialogue in the context of the classroom interaction and in the context of collaborative teacher professional development. She has collaborated with key scholars in the field, presented her work at international conferences and published her work in peer-reviewed journals.

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