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Leadership Development In The Christian Church And Churches Of Christ In Northeast Nebraska, Wayne Dykstra May 1999

Leadership Development In The Christian Church And Churches Of Christ In Northeast Nebraska, Wayne Dykstra

Doctor of Ministry Project/Theses

This project/thesis focuses on the leadership needs of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in northeast Nebraska in general and of Wakefield Christian Church in particular. The leadership context of Wakefield Christian Church was analyzed utilizing a congregational profile inventory, the presentation of a leadership development course, an evaluation instrument, and conversations and interviews of the church leadership. The success or failure of organizations will depend upon the quality of the leadership. The objective of this project was to provide a leadership course which would produce better leaders who could make a difference in the kingdom of God ...


Designing For Lifeworlds: Genre And Activity In Information Systems Design And Evaluation , Clay Ian Spinuzzi Jan 1999

Designing For Lifeworlds: Genre And Activity In Information Systems Design And Evaluation , Clay Ian Spinuzzi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Increasingly, professional communicators design and evaluate information systems (ISes) (e.g., online help, websites, databases). Yet the dominant theoretical frameworks (computational psychology, formalism) and research methodologies for designing and evaluating ISes are limited in important ways. These Cartesian frameworks tend not to explore rhetorical issues: society, culture, history, interpretation. I address these issues with a theory and a research methodology (a theory-guided research approach) that I developed by conducting five empirical studies of IS use;I critique existing theories and research methodologies, then draw on scholars such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Lev Vygotsky, Yrjo Engestrom, Edwin Hutchins, and Charles Bazerman to ...


Knowing Each Other's Minds: Japanese And American Experts Share Knowledge , Lee Stanley Tesdell Jan 1999

Knowing Each Other's Minds: Japanese And American Experts Share Knowledge , Lee Stanley Tesdell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

International communication is often examined through the lens of miscommunication and grounded in the simplistic notion that effective international communication requires learning culture-wide rules. Culture-wide generalizations, however, don't work beyond the most elementary level. In fact, international communication is often characterized by understanding rather than miscommunication---knowledge sharing that may be influenced by interlocutors having similar knowledge and common purposes;Here I explore the question of what contributes to the ability of technical experts from different cultures to communicate with each other. I analyzed transcripts of face-to-face meetings between a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture official, Tatsuya Go, and six Iowa ...


Do Women Adapt More? The Gender Effects Of The Speaker On Classroom Speech Evaluations, Alethea Ann Bodden Jan 1999

Do Women Adapt More? The Gender Effects Of The Speaker On Classroom Speech Evaluations, Alethea Ann Bodden

Masters Theses

The presentational style of females and the connection with the audience members was examined. 95 male and female subjects gathered the results from five different sections of speech communication classes. The rating scale that was completed by the subjects contained traits such as, organization, language, material, delivery, analysis and voice. The results have indicated that the female presentational style does have more of a connection and adaptation with the audience than do males.


Demonstrating Loss Of Control Over Technology: A Narrative Criticism, David P. Farlow Jan 1999

Demonstrating Loss Of Control Over Technology: A Narrative Criticism, David P. Farlow

Masters Theses

This study focuses on how individuals through their talk about computer mediated technology demonstrate a loss of control over that technology. Three separate computer mediated communication classes were involved in this study through the use of autoethnographies. The students in all three classes were asked at the beginning of the semester to keep field notes on their experiences with the technology. At the end of the semester the students were to summarize and report their experiences.

Because of the qualitative nature of the data, a narrative criticism of the stories students told about their experiences seemed to provide the most ...


Millennial Rhetoric At The Turn Of The Millennium, John Robert Stanley Jan 1999

Millennial Rhetoric At The Turn Of The Millennium, John Robert Stanley

Masters Theses

Millennial rhetoric has predominately had an apocalyptic theme in the past; however, the current rhetoric about the millennium can be seen as more positive, optimistic, and enthusiastic. By treating the texts Deep Impact and Armageddon, various news sources, and five web sites as part of what Becker (1971) defines as a "mosaic," it was found that the current view of the millennium presents various tensions present in our current society. These tensions include unity versus individualism, technological advancement versus technological limitations, and optimism versus angst. The analysis suggests that unity is preferred over individualism to overcome current obstacles at the ...