An examination of the knowledge barriers in participatory design and the prospects for embedded research

Segalowitz, Miri (2009) An examination of the knowledge barriers in participatory design and the prospects for embedded research. In Surawski, Nicholas C. & Wiliem, Arnold (Eds.) Proceedings for the 3rd Smart Systems Postgraduate Student Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 89-94.


Participatory design has the moral and pragmatic tenet of including those who will be most affected by a design into the design process. However, good participation is hard to achieve and results linking project success and degree of participation are inconsistent. Through three case studies examining some of the challenges that different properties of knowledge - novelty, difference, dependence - can impose on the participatory endeavour we examine some of the consequences to the participatory process of failing to bridge across knowledge boundaries - syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic. One pragmatic consequence, disrupting the user's feeling of involvement to the project, has been suggested as a possible explanation for the inconsistent results linking participation and project success. To aid in addressing these issues a new form of participatory research, called embedded research, is proposed and examined within the framework of the case studies and knowledge framework with a call for future research into its possibilities.

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ID Code: 32982
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Embedded Research, Participatory Design, Knowledge Boundaries, Participation, Involvement
ISBN: 9780980582727
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2010 00:56
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2010 00:56

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