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Dissertation Information for Hester Stephenson

NAME:
- Hester Stephenson

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Rutgers University (USA) (1998)

ADVISORS:
- Hartmut Mokros

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- [Indecipherable1]
- [Indecipherable2]
- Tefko Saracevic

MPACT Status: Complete - Except Indecipherables

Title: Guiding becoming: A microanalytic study of one instructor's approach

Abstract: This dissertation proposes a constitutive understanding of the facilitation of becoming through the examination of the interplay of one instructor's theories of personhood and practice in the facilitation of a ballroom dancing lesson. Theories of practice address the ways of work, the routines of skill that draw upon a discursive realm of expert knowledge. Theories of personhood address the ways of interaction, routines of relation of self to other that draw upon the common sense conventions of public and private social worlds. The systematic examination of a videotaped lesson, utilizing a natural history and an interpretive microanalytic approach, explores the ways in which personhood is handled, although frequently unacknowledged in a learning interaction.

The natural history approach to the videotaped lesson leads to the development of transcripts and maps to delineate the structure and sequence of the overall. lesson as guided by the instructor. The instructor's theories of practice are examined in terms communicative moves and strategies which provide the framework for his three approaches to learning: instruction, practice and review.

The interpretive microanalytic examination of the instructor's theories of personhood in four moments of challenge in the lesson reveal the complex ways in which practice and personhood are intertwined. Challenges to performance create challenges to theories of personhood, shifting the instructor and students' focus of attention from instrumental activity to the relational dimension. The instructor's gendered theories of personhood lead to differing initiation strategies for men's and women's coaching interventions and to different moves within interventions. Interventions with men are public, critical and audible. Interventions with women are more private. Women are the focus of more of the instructor's interventions than men. Gendered theories of personhood also shape the handling of unpartnered women in the lesson.

These two microanalytic approaches in combination are consistent with a constitutive understanding of communication and allow for systematic, naturalistic inquiry into the interplay of theories of personhood and practice in interaction.

MPACT Scores for Hester Stephenson

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:10:58

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