Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Ignasi Clemente

Second Advisor

David Hodges

Academic Program Adviser

Yukiko Koga


This thesis studies communications in an alternative classroom in the United States. Using an ethnographic approach and drawing from conversation analysis, the study describes the school’s model of education and analyzes students’ classroom initiations, particularly those in which students responded to the teacher’s question with a question.



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