This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 26,
Issue 2, Author(s): Ian Stith and Wolff-Michael Roth, “Teaching as Mediation: The Cogenerative Dialogue and Ethical Understandings“, Pages 363-370, Copyright Elsevier (February 2010).
The mediation by teachers of the many activity systems that constitute any given class has traditionally been an ignored aspect of teaching.
In this paper the authors argue that the teacher's responsibility for this mediation exists and must therefore be accounted for in the praxis of teaching.
In addition, the authors argue for the cogenerative dialogue as one viable solution for teachers to mediate in an ethically responsive manner.
The authors construct these arguments because teachers must be better prepared to understand their complex role in the classroom along with their ethical responsibility to the students for the effective negotiation of the systems they navigate each day.