Receiving and Rendering Back: The Critical Role of Articulation
As early as 1603, Shakespeare acknowledged as commonplace the observation
That no man is the lord of anything
Though in an of him there be much consisting,
Till he communicate his parts to others;....
Over four hundred years later, work by educators as diverse as Walter Gong and Sarah Freedman are energizing education with pedagogies based on the learner’s need to develop the skills of articulation. Gong’s Learner/Teacher model and Freedman’s Grand Dialogue Zone focus on the need for learners to expand the borders of their understanding through dialogic sharing. This presentation will illustrate the power of these pedagogies by demonstrating their relation to this author’s Elements of Learning paradigm, with a special emphasis on Articulation. Articulation, it will be argued is the driving force behind clarity of thought, the extension of thought, and the retention of thought.
Keywords: Articulation, Gong, Freedman and Marler, Dialogic Articulation
Dr. Michael Marler
Associate Professor, English Department, Brigham Young University-Hawaii