Chapter 1.2: Standalone Teaching Cases

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


In this chapter we present 13 of the 30 teaching cases reported by the self-inspired Bakhtinian educators in our interviews with them as they were posted on the online discussion forum, but without the online discussion of these cases. We combined two teaching cases (#15 and #18) by the Russian Bakhtinian educator Alexander Lobok into one. The cases were chosen for publication to represent maximum diversity of the Bakhtinian approaches, levels of education, and issues and tensions of Bakhtinian-inspired educational practice.

We present the following cases: Case#1: My Papa’s Waltz, by Paul Spitale USA; Case#3: Peanut butter sandwich pedagogical violence, by Eugene Matusov, USA; Case#5: How to make school suck less? by Aaron Yost, USA; Case#6: Allowing the students to participate in designing the final examination questions, by Beatrice Ligorio, Italy; Case#8: Teaching Marxism-Leninism in a Soviet college, by Alexander Lobok, USSR; Case#13: Morally confronting a student’s behaviorism, by Ana Marjanovic-Shane, USA; Combined Cases #15 and #18: Fascinating 7-year-old children into learning by helping them develop their own voices, by Alexander Lobok, Russia; Case#16: Three ways of incorporating the Bakhtinian approach into language lessons, by Iryna Starygina, Ukraine; Case#19: The chivalry or sexism dilemma, by Eugene Matusov, USA; Case#23: Teaching without prejudices, by Silviane Barbato, Brazil; Case#24: Choosing a Shakespearean play for a school performance, by Charles Bisley, New Zealand; Case#25: Report about a relative, by Mikhail Gradovski, Norway; Case#26: Multicultural diversity hypocrites, by Eugene Matusov, USA; and Case#30: Dialogic teaching of Russian grammar, Mikhail Bakhtin, USSR.


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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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