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DIalogue and Argumentation for cultural Literacy Learning in Schools

Project description

Teaching children to be tolerant, empathetic and inclusive via dialogue

Due to mass migrations across borders and regions in Europe in recent decades, it is necessary to foster greater social inclusivity and collaboration, with a particular emphasis on young people. It is essential for them to comprehend and coexist with one another. The introduction of young individuals to cultural literacy through dialogue and argumentation is a crucial step. In this context, the EU-funded DIALLS project will work on establishing a cultural literacy learning programme. This initiative will involve analysing both classroom and online discussions, generating collections that encompass multiple languages and modes of communication, as well as recording discussions held in classrooms. The aim is to gain insights into European identities, cultures and diversities through dialogue and argumentation.


DIALLS is a three year project with three objectives. First, it will develop an understanding of young people’s cultural literacy in formal education through the teaching of dialogue and argumentation as a means to understand European identities and cultures. This will be achieved by the creation and implementation of a cultural literacy learning programme where students respond to and produce multimodal texts reflecting European heritages with the promotion of tolerance, inclusion and empathy as core cultural literacy dispositions. Second, the project will provide comprehensive guidance for the development of cultural literacy in schools through the creation and evaluation of a scale of progression for cultural literacy learning as manifested in students’ interactions and produced artefacts. Finally, DIALLS will promote the emergence of young people’s cultural identities in a student-authored manifesto for cultural literacy and a virtual gallery of their cultural artefacts. We will conduct analyses of students’ class-based and online interactions, mapping the development of dialogue and argumentation skills to create an open access multilingual data corpus. Cross-comparative analyses of classrooms in seven countries will include analysis of gender, age, ethnicity and socio-economic factors. DIALLS is directly relevant to the call’s work programme as it addresses the role of formal education in supporting the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and competences needed for effective intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The novelty of our proposal lies in the intersection of cultural literacy, multimodality, dialogue and argumentation, and through the use of face-to-face and online learning environments where students can share their perspectives as they make sense of Europe and its different cultures. Our innovative teaching and assessment tools will guide teachers in their development of a dialogic pedagogy for cultural literacy in tomorrow’s Europe.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 147 206,25
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom

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East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 147 206,25

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