"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

What is Dialogue Education?

What is Dialogue Education?

This spring GLP Senior Partner Jeanette Romkema has been busy teaching a course called Community Development: The Art of Facilitation and Workshop Design at Wycliffe College.  Recently she shared a few definitions created by these talented graduate students and emerging Dialogue Education practitioners that we wanted to share:

  • Dialogue Education is teaching with intentionality and ongoing reflection, encouraging questions with the learners’ needs in mind. The intention is to increase purposeful interactive engagement and democratization of learning, with a hoped for outcome of personal and community transformation.


  • Dialogue Education is about bringing communities and individuals together to harness their relationships and experiences, to build self-knowledge and social change. It is a tool in the process of transformation which allows knowledge to continually be questioned, strengthened, and acted on to build healthier communities.


  • At its core Dialogue Education is a deep communicative partnership between the teacher and learners that is immersed in love, unity, and faith in a better world. It is an invitation into important inquiry, personal praxis, and meaningful action helping us strive to be fully human.


How do you define Dialogue Education today in your work?  We invite you to add to the conversation in the comments below.  

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