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Fieldwork for design: theory and practice

Fieldwork for design: theory and practice

Randall, Dave; Rouncefield, Mark; Harper, Richard, 1960-

'Fieldwork For Design' looks at why ethnographic approaches have been turned to in the design of computing devices for the workplace, for the home & elsewhere. It presents a history of ethnography, both as it was practiced before computer science picked it up & since, most especially in the CSCW & HCI domains. This book looks at why ethnographic approaches are popular in the design of computing devices for the workplace, for the home and elsewhere. It presents a history of ethnography, both as it was practiced before computer science picked it up and since, most especially in the CSCW and HCI domains. The focus of the book is on the practical relationship between theory and practice, a relationship that is fundamental to successful design

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Published New York; London: Springer, c2007

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Statement of responsibility: Dave Randall, Richard Harper and Mark Rouncefield
ISBN: 1846287685, 9781846287688
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-320) and indexes.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xi, 329 p. : ill.
Series: Computer supported cooperative work,
Subject: User interface design & usability; Research methods: general; Computers and IT; Social & cultural anthropology; Human-computer interaction Social aspects.; Electronics engineering; Ethnology.; User-centered system design.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Computer supported cooperative work,
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781846287671

Contents

  1. Ethnography, Fieldwork, and Design: Preliminary Remarks.- Ethnography, Fieldwork, and Design: Preliminary Remarks.- Theoretical and Analytic Issues.- The State of Play.- Some Perspectives.- Activity Theory, Distributed Cognition, and Actor-Network Theory.- Methods for Social Investigation: Practical Issues.- Ethnography and Its Role in the Design Process - "If You Must Work Together'.- Ethnography and How to Do It.- Analytic Issues: What Have We Got?.- Common sense and Context.- Organisations and Work.- Into the Home.- Conclusion: Not the Last Word.