Field trip as method

Eden, Grace and Sharma, Sumita and Rangaswamy, Nimmi and et al, . (2019) Field trip as method. In: 10th Indian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, IndiaHCI, 1-3 November 2019, Hyderabad, India.

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Understanding people’s attitudes towards and uses of technology is an essential aspect of a successful design process. Ethnography is a proven method for acquiring this understanding. However, there are challenges to incorporating fieldwork, most notably the time factor, considered by some as the greatest barrier. This is especially true for many technology companies whose turn-around time from concept to design to implementation is accelerated. We propose a solution to the dilemma between acquiring the benefits of fieldwork with the compressed timescales of many technology projects by using focused field trips as a method for gaining rich insights into peoples’ uses of and attitudes towards technologies in real-world settings. In a short amount of time (one or two days), field trips sensitize design teams to the priorities of stakeholder groups. We outline a systematic approach to incorporating field trips as a method for developing rich, qualitative insights using rapid qualitative studies.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnography, Field trip, Qualitative Methods, Indexed in Scopus
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 05:04
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