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Monday, September 20, 2004



As I was reading your blog Marcus, it seems to me that you are foregrounding a clear distinction between transmissive, instructive approaches (to learning, to journalism) and interactions that are conversational.

I guess the question I would want to ask is what would conversational learning look like in journalism education, and in particular as this learning operates in a blog e-learning environment?

Not sure that I understand the dimensions of 'distributed conversation' or 'cumulative conversation' - in particular as it relates to blogging. It also left me thinking about what the benefits of these kinds of conversations were and how that might be known.

And a bit of an aside: Theodore Zeldin (1998) describes conversation in this way ...

'Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards. That's the part that interests me. That's where I find the excitement. It's like a spark that two minds create. And what I really care about is what new conversational banquets one can create from those sparks' (p.14)

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