Logical-Narrative Thinking Revealed: The Message Construction Cross

By Yukari Makino.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Logic and story have traditionally been considered incompatible. However, in this study, they are combined in the new paradigm of logical-narrative thinking. The author suggests that logic is the common foundation between rational arguments and rhetorical stories. This assertion is based on a theoretical interpretation using a structure called the Message Construction Cross (MCC), which explains the grammar of meaning making. The new paradigm of logical-narrative thinking has the potential to provide a theoretical basis for bridging the gap between the traditional verbal literacy and the contemporary multiliteracies.

Keywords: Narrative, Thinking, Rhetoric, Story, Logic, Argumentation, Discourse, Structure

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.143-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.267MB).

Dr. Yukari Makino

Associate Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University, Takatsuki, Japan

Yukari Makino is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Informatics in the Kansai University in Japan. She teaches communication theories, communication education and media, and development of teaching and learning. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Shizuoka University (Japan) in 1991; her Master’s degree in Communication from the Wheaton College Graduate School (USA) in 1996; and her PhD in Literature from the Kansai University Graduate School (Japan) in 2006. She worked as a Systems Engineer for three years between 1991 and 1994. Her research interests include theoretical development of communication competence, design of collaborative learning for multiliteracies, and development of story-based curriculum.


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