Facilitator presence: an autoethnography.

Dilworth, S., 2008. Facilitator presence: an autoethnography. Other Thesis (Other). Bournemouth University.

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My thesis has a dual focus. It is an account of both the journey of my inquiry, and the outcome of that inquiry. The Professional Doctorate, for which this work is submitted, emphasises practice development and at all times I have kept a watchful eye on my progress towards becoming a 'scholarly professional'. I am a facilitator - this means taking a variety of roles, including group leader, supervisor, coach, mentor, change agent. I use the term 'facilitator' as shorthand for all of these. My thesis makes a contribution to practical knowledge in relation to the subject matter and the methodology. My main focus is the practice of group facilitation, especially the way that a facilitator can work in a distress free manner, when the presence of the facilitator is apparent and distinct through an individual signature. I take the optimistic stance that facilitator presence can be developed, and have gathered a range of ideas that may support the practitioner in this respect, predominantly drawn from my own experiential and theoretical learning. With regard to autoethnography, the issue of judgement criteria is a particular offering. I see the whole of my thesis as autoethnographic, and have navigated a fine line between doing autoethnography, and finding out what an autoethnography is. In fully committing to this methodology, I take on the responsibility of writing from my own experience, whilst incorporating insights from the work of predecessors and peers.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Additional Information:A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requiremensts of Bournemouth University for the degree of Doctor of Philophy. If you feel that this work infringes your copyright please contact the BURO Manager.
Subjects:Technology > Business, Management and Marketing
Social Sciences > Social Work
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:15986
Deposited By:Mrs Jill Burns
Deposited On:27 Aug 2010 09:31
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:35

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