Identity as a product of knowledge building: the role of mediated dialogue

Maria Beatrice Ligorio

Abstract


One of the most intriguing ideas proposed by socio-constructivism is to replace the concept of learning with that of knowledge building. This concept implies a strong social  dimension made possible through dialogue. Many software and internet environments support and expand – both in terms of quantity and of quality – the space of dialogue. In this paper it is contended that while building knowledge the «builder», the Self is also built. Therefore the quality of dialogical practices and activities is important for understanding how the Self develops. Analysis of online practices and activities can also provide interesting hints as to the more general process through which identity is built.

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