Ana Marjanovic-Shane

Ana Marjanovic-Shane

I am an Independent Scholar and deputy editor-in-chief of Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal ( I am interested in dialogic pedagogy (especially in ethical, ontological dialogism and meaning-making), democratic education, students' academic freedoms, students' critical and creative authorship, play, playful language, etc.  I was born and grew up in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and moved to the United States as an adult, where I finished my Ph.D. studies and founded a family. I live and work in Philadelphia, PA. I taught at several US universities subjects like Interdisciplinary human development, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Cultural differences in education, Theories in preschool education, Play and drama in education, etc. My articles in English and Serbo-Croatian were published in various journals (e.g. Mind, Culture, Activity JournalLearning, Culture and Social Interaction, Dialogic Pedagogy Journal, Predškolsko Dete) and as book chapters in books on education and play. Some of my publications include: Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2023). Dialogic pedagogy in democratically run schools: Introduction. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal11(2), A12-A20.; Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2023). A paradigmatic dialogue-disagreement in a democratic school: A conceptual analysis of a soul-searching assembly meeting. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal11(2), A217 - A244.; Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2023). Four person-ideas in a soul-searching internally persuasive discourse. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal11(2), A198-A216.; Rietmulder, J., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2023). Freedom, dialogue, and education in a democratic school. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal11(2), A21-A48.;  Marjanovic-Shane, A. & Kullenberg, T., (2020), Democratic education, dialogic pedagogy: synergies and dissonances, EARLI SIG 25 Newsletter, 2020(November); Shugurova, O., Matusov, E., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2022). The University of Students: A place for joint self-education. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal10, E1-E42.; Marjanovic-Shane, A., & Beljanski-Ristić, L. (2008). From Play to Art – From Experience to Insight. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 15(2), 93 – 114;  Among the books I co-wrote you can find: 
Connery, M. C., John-Steiner, V. P., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (Eds.). (2018). Vygotsky and Creativity: A Cultural-historical Approach to Play, Meaning Making, and the Arts (II ed.). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang; and Matusov, E., A. Marjanovic-Shane & M. Gradovski, (2019). Dialogic pedagogy and polyphonic research art: Bakhtin by and for educators, Palgrave Macmillan.  Contact: or

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