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Dissertation Information for Fumitoshi Kato

- Fumitoshi Kato

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- Rutgers University (USA) (2003)

- Hartmut Mokros

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- Tefko Saracevic
- K. Arai

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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."

Based on the facilitator's own "theory" of facilitation, the facilitator selects and combines communication strategies in order to control the situation as the process unfolds. Occasionally, the facilitator can be described as "actively inactive," in that facilitator tries to keep a proper distance from an on-going session in order to invite participants' active engagement in the process. Throughout, the facilitator presents her availability to the participants, and thereby communicates "who she is" and "what she can do" in the given situation.

A focus on facilitation moves offers a way to understand the forms and functions of the communication strategies that guide this facilitator's moves within a gaming-simulation setting. This study contributes to a development of an empirically-based method for understanding the "practice context" through a set of microanalytic approaches. Also, the study offers insights for educating practitioners with regard to what facilitation involves. Through this approach, this dissertation aims to offer a further understanding of the communicative nature of professional practices as they are embedded in our action.

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