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Sense-Making as Methodology for Spirituality Theory, Praxis, Pedagogy and Research Brenda Dervin, Kathleen D. Clark, Angela Coco, Lois Foreman-Wernet, Christlin P. Rajendram and CarrieLynn D. Reinhard Abstract The purpose of this chapter is to describe a methodology that is derived from

In: Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

The purpose of this chapter is to describe a methodology that is derived from philosophic meta-theoretic principles and designed for its capabilities for studying communication relevant to any context (e.g. – intra-personal, inter-personal, small group, mediated, organizational, societal) with any focus. The core idea of this approach – Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology (SMM) – rests on a metaphor of human movement through a time-space that is discontinuous always at least in part; and how humans make and unmake sense as they journey through these movements. SMM has been used for numerous research, design, educational, and practice applications for 35 years. A robust number of these applications have involved attention to human sense-making (and sense-unmaking) of religion, faith, spirituality, and spirit (variously termed depending on user and focus). This chapter: a) describes the methodology and how it has been applied in ways relevant to attentions to spirituality theory, praxis, pedagogy, and research; and b) provides five case examples. The examples include:

* Kathleen D. Clark’s use of SMM as a tool for studying and constructing interactions that involve attentions to spirituality – intra-personally, inter-personally, and in group settings;

* Angela Coco’s use of SMM to guide her study of Catholic meaning-making in critical situations;

* Lois Foreman-Wernet’s & Brenda Dervin’s use of SMM to study how both elite and popular cultural exposures can lead to sense-makings of a spiritual kind;

* Christlin P. Rajendram’s use of SMM as continuing praxis for his involvements in spiritual counselling as teacher, mediator, and priest;

* CarrieLynn D. Reinhard’s & Brenda Dervin’s use of SMM in their study of attentions to the spiritual and religious – both struggles and sources of help – in everyday situation-facing.

In: Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

Augmented Reality Learning: Pedagogical Aspects and Technologies for a Future Methodological Framework Corrado Petrucco and Daniele Agostini Abstract In recent years, thanks to the rapid advance of mobile technologies which lend portable devices great computing power, making them

In: Virtual Worlds: The Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Intersections

Part 5: Bullying in Educational Context and Negotiating Solutions to Cope with Bullying Utilizing the Soft Systems Methodology to Study the Impact of a Governmental Anti-Bullying Initiative Ginette Roberge and Huguette Beaudoin Abstract As a result of the prevalent reported negative

In: From Communication Landscapes to Bullying Battlegrounds
Author: Kim Cunningham

Part 1: Forward Discourse This Is Not a Hat: Towards a Haptic Methodology in Fashion Theory Kim Cunningham Abstract Following Barthes, fashion theory often positions fashion as a system of signs.1 However, cultural studies theorists have criticized sign-based approaches to the

In: Fashion Forward
Author: Melissa Laird

Fragments, Cloth and Memory: Material Culture Research Methodologies for Fashion Narratives Melissa Laird Abstract Invested with the research methodologies of material culture scholarship and the ‘physical’ nature of ‘embodied practice’, this chapter investigates fashion design processes as

In: Fashion: Tyranny and Revelation
Author: Daniel Riha

Interactive 3-D Documentary as Serious Videogame Daniel Riha Abstract This chapter investigates the potential of an interactive 3-D medium for documentary productions within the context of cultural studies. The first part summarises a methodology from the area of videogame studies that

In: Frontiers of Cyberspace
Author: Scott Sundvall

Post-Human, All too Non-Human: Implications of the Cyber-Rhizome Scott Sundvall Abstract Never necessarily in this order, and always recursively: This serves as an attempt to recover Gilles Deleuze’s and Felix Guattari’s schizoanalysis and their concept of the rhizome as methodologies

In: Cybercultures
Author: Daniel Riha

modules or some form of support for amateur machinima productions. This chapter explores three selected tools for machinima authoring in the context of creativity. Building on Bardzell’s methodology for the semiotic analysis of multimedia authoring platforms and the identified principles of digital

In: Cybercultures

Ring, tracking tool, tracker, virtual world, Second Life, avatar, avatar behaviour, spatiality, methodology, ethnography, Big Data, quali- quantitative data. ***** 1. The Virtual World of Second Life Second Life is a persistent multi-user three dimension virtual world accessible on the

In: At the Edge of the Rift