Introduction: Inspired by Bakhtin—The Aim, Focus, and History Behind This Research Project

  • Eugene MatusovEmail author
  • Ana Marjanovic-Shane
  • Mikhail Gradovski


Since the ideas of Russian philosopher and literature theoretician Mikhail M. Bakhtin (1895–1975) have become hugely influential within diverse fields of the humanities and social sciences, there have been many theoretical and research attempts to study Bakhtinian pedagogical ideas and implement them in innovative education practices. However, in our project we attempt to pass the ownership of Bakhtinian pedagogy from mainly Bakhtinian educational academicians—scholars of education coming from Bakhtinian perspectives—to educational practitioners, interested in Bakhtin as their theoretical and philosophical orientation to their educational practice. Ours is a book of educational practitioners, by educational practitioners, and has been primarily written for educational practitioners. We provide a brief history of our project, research problems we encountered, and the resulting and constantly evolving transformations. We also introduce the development of a dialogic approach to the research as dialogic research art in which we, the authors of the book, understand ourselves as being in dialogue with the interviewees, with ourselves internally, with our past and present colleagues and students, and with our imaginary readers. We present the results of our analyses as dialogic provocations and invitations for our readers. At the end we provide a brief outline of the rest of the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Matusov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Marjanovic-Shane
    • 2
  • Mikhail Gradovski
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Independent ScholarPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.University of StavangerStavangerNorway

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