Probes and prototypes: a participatory action research approach to codesign

Madden, Dianna, Cadet-James, Yvonne, Atkinson, Ian, and Watkin Lui, Felecia (2014) Probes and prototypes: a participatory action research approach to codesign. CoDesign, 10 (1). pp. 31-45.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR) has a long history of use with disadvantaged groups in order to assist them to improve their living conditions, however its use with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects is less well known. This paper examines a case study where PAR was tied with the use of a technology probe by an Aboriginal group, with the goal of determining if culturally appropriate design of ICTs could help support individual well-being. The results of this project show that although PAR and probes can be used together, this combination has the potential to alter how probes are traditionally used in the design space. To support this premise, we review the history of the probes method in the literature and discuss changes in how cultural and technology probes have been implemented in recent years. We argue that as modifications are made to these frameworks due to the needs of the research, two sorts of project results should be fully elucidated: (1) the changes made to the original methodology and (2) how these changes have had an effect on the real-life environment to which they were applied.

Item ID: 32123
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-3755
Keywords: Information and Communications Technology (ICT), participatory action research, Aboriginal women, collaboration, technology probe, well-being
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2014 23:52
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080601 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information and Knowledge Systems @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
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