Dissertation Information for Fumitoshi Kato
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Title: Facilitation move and its context: A microanalytic study of an educational gaming-simulation
Abstract: This dissertation is interested in understanding the "practice context" (Schön, 1983, 1987, 1991) of a facilitation process. The idea of the "practice context" acknowledges that part of our knowledge, understanding, and expertise to cope with the given situation are tacit and implicit in our patterns of action. In this dissertation, an act of facilitation in an educational setting is studied as an example of one type of professional practice. Specifically, this study examines the conduct of one facilitator in an educational gaming-simulation context. Grounded in a constitutive view of communication (Mokros, 1995, 1996, 2002), this dissertation assumes that a gaming-simulation session, as an example of one type of social situation, is realized through communication. By utilizing a video-recording, this study employs two qualitative approaches, a natural history approach (McQuown, 1971) and an interpretive microanalytic approach (Mokros, 1995, 1996, 2002). This is a case study with an emphasis on providing a "thick" description of an instance of the "practice context."
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