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Participatory Design and Action Research: Identical Twins or Synergetic Pair?

Foth, Marcus & Axup, Jeff (2006) Participatory Design and Action Research: Identical Twins or Synergetic Pair? In Jacucci, Gianni, Kensing, Finn, Wagner, Ina, & Blomberg, Jeanette (Eds.) Participatory Design Conference 2006: Expanding Boundaries in Design, August 1-5, Trento, Italy.

Abstract

In this paper we explore the similarities and differences of participatory design and action research in a cross-disciplinary fashion. We briefly outline two distinct studies: (1) a design study that examines mobile interactions of backpackers, and (2) an urban sociology study to better understand social networks of apartment residents. The first study follows a participatory design approach. The second study is guided by action research principles. We reflect on the research practice of these two studies in order to discuss the key methodological features of each. We would like to invite the larger participatory design community to continue the comparison and exploration we have begun here. By outlining the tools and techniques, and the application thereof we hope to promote the usefulness of action research for participatory design projects and vice versa.

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ID Code: 4347
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: action research, new media, urban neighbourhoods, mobile information sharing, social networks, mobile ethnography, H5, 1, Multimedia Information Systems, Methodology, D2, 1, Requirements / Specifications, Methodologies
ISBN: 0966781848
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Marcus Foth and Jeff Axup
Copyright Statement: This volume is licensed (2006) by the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Creative Commons License. For details see http:// www.creativecommons.org.
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:18

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