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      An Investigation into the use of Field Methods in the Design and Evaluation of Interactive Systems

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      People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction (HCI)

      Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

      1 - 5 September 2008

      Field ethods, User Centered Design, Survey, Ethnography

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          This paper reports the results of an international web-based survey on the use of field studies in the design and evaluation of interactive systems, which was conducted between December 2006 and February 2007. The results suggest that the advantages and disadvantages of field methods are generally well understood, but guidance is needed in their application and use. Field studies were most frequently used for understanding context, and respondents preferred a more varied approach to method use rather than following a defined methodology such as Contextual Design. Observations were rated as the most effective technique overall, although interviews appeared to be more frequently used. Significant areas of further improvement for field methods were identified as improvements in data collection/analysis tools and improvements in adaptability of methods.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2008
                September 2008
                : 99-108
                Affiliations
                University of Sunderland

                Sunderland, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2008.10
                © Kelly Monahan et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
                HCI
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                Conference Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
                1 - 5 September 2008
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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