Application of Micro-Scenario Method (MSM) to the Educational Problem-Solving - A Case Study for the Mother Tongue Maintenance for Immigrated Children

M. Kurosu and A. Kakefuda (Japan)


scenario-based design, micro scenario method (MSM), problem scenario, solution scenario, mother tongue maintenance, immigrated children


In this article, an outline of MSM is described and then the result of applying it to the mother tongue maintenance for immigrated children is reported. Micro Scenario Method (MSM) that was originally proposed for the development of interactive devices and systems was applied to the educational environment. This method helps to systematically analyze the field work data and thus lead to the generation of adequate solution. , A case study for the mother tongue maintenance for immigrated children is presented after the explanation of MSM in this paper. With this trial study, it was confirmed that MSM is also an adequate method in the field of education for analyzing the problems and proposing the solutions. 2. HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN OF EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT In order to design devices and systems to fit into the users' need and to improve their usability, it is now recognized that one should follow the framework of human-centered design proposed by ISO13407 [4]. As is described in Fig.1, there are four processes in the human-centered design. The first process is the understanding and specifying the context of use and could be achieved by applying the field work method. This is the key process in the human-centered design in that the contextual information obtained in this process will be used to specify user and organizational requirements in the second process, then the production of design solutions in the third process will have to adapt to this requirements. The fourth process of evaluating designs against requirements should also be based on the requirements obtained from the contextual information summarized in the first process.

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