L'exploration du dialogue de Bohm comme approche d'apprentissage : une recherche collaborative

Authors: Do, Kim Lien
Abstract: This descriptive, exploratory research explores the notion of Dialogue as proposed by the physicist/ philosopher David Bohm. Central to Bohm's thesis is the notion of fragmentation in relation to how we acquire, produce and utilize knowledge. The goal is a greater understanding of reality in all its complexity, focusing more on relationships and complete entities rather than parts and particulars. However, elaborating what constitutes systemic thinking is not, in itself, sufficient for Bohm. Instead of linking fragmentation to bounded enactments of disciplinary knowledge construction, Bohm proposes fragmentation as a pervasive and prevalent mental attitude, one that systematically re-enacts absolutist and definitive distinctions. In other words, fragmentation is rooted in the functioning of the mind itself. Bohm invites us to give serious attention to these thought processes and to resist fragmentation by becoming aware of its invasive presence via the practice of Dialogue. The assumption being that by becoming more aware of the prevalence of fragmentation our abilities to resist it or create alternative modus operandi will be enhanced. This practice of inquiring into our mental models is considered a powerful approach to re-frame our mindsets. Yet, the practice of Bohm's Dialogue is complex, often confusing and sometimes difficult. This research focuses on the appropriation of Bohm's Dialogue, to denote the difficulties of living “the Dialogue according to Bohm”. The study is action research based. Dialogue sessions composed of 25 participants took place over 8 month period. Analysis shows that the very difficulties and/or hindrances evoked by the Dialogue process often served as the essential elements necessary for in-depth exploration of both individual and collective thinking processes. Such findings will certainly be of interest to participant-practitioners of Bohm's Dialogue. In addition, such findings may also be of interest to those who wish to initiate themselves to this innovative practice. This study aims to contribute to research efforts pertaining to Bohm's Dialogue which are presently in their early stages of development.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2003
Open Access Date: 11 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/17791
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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