Seeing Ethnographically: Teaching ethnography as part of CSCW

Brown, Barry, Lundin, Johan, Rost, Mattias, Lymer, Gustav and Holmquist, Lars (2007) Seeing Ethnographically: Teaching ethnography as part of CSCW. In: ECSCW 2007 - 10th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 24th - 28th September 2007, Limerick, Ireland.

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While ethnography is an established part of CSCW research, teaching and learning ethnography presents unique and distinct challenges. This paper discusses a study of fieldwork and analysis amongst a group of students learning ethnography as part of a CSCW & design course. Studying the students' practices we explore fieldwork as a learning experience, both learning about fieldsites as well as learning the practices of ethnography. During their fieldwork and analysis the students used a wiki to collaborate, sharing their field and analytic notes. From this we draw lessons for how ethnography can be taught as a collaborative analytic process and discuss extensions to the wiki to better support its use for collaborating around fieldnotes. In closing we reflect upon the role of learning ethnography as a practical hands on - rather than theoretical - pursuit.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Analytic Note, Analysis Session, Ethnographic Work, Experienced Fieldworker, CSCW Research
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 18:13
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 23:33

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