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      Auto-Ethnography: Problems, Pitfalls and Promise

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      HCI Educators 2009 - playing with our education (HCIED)
      HCI Educators 2009
      22 - 24 April 2009
      Ethnography, auto-ethnography, interaction design
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            Abstract

            The teaching and perhaps more importantly the practice of ethnographic techniques has become increasing important within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). But ethnography is also synonymous with in situ data collection over extended periods of time making it difficult to teach. This paper reports a study of the use of auto-ethnography by a group of undergraduate interaction design students. Auto-ethnography has the potential to expose these students to ethnographic concepts in a manageable fashion. The auto-ethnography required them to create a ‘video-diary’ of their use of an item of everyday interactive technology and then to write an analysis of their behaviour and their thoughts on how this might be used (while having fun). We identify problems and pitfalls, and offer advice for those who wish to repeat our endeavour.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            April 2009
            April 2009
            : 91-97
            Affiliations
            [0001]Centre for Interaction Design

            School of Computing

            Napier University, Edinburgh

            +44 (0) 131 455 2700
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCIED2009.9
            34867bf2-5521-4946-aff9-c451abb714bd
            © Emilia Sobolewska et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. HCI Educators 2009 - playing with our education, University of Abertay, Dundee, UK

            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/

            HCI Educators 2009 - playing with our education
            HCIED
            University of Abertay, Dundee, UK
            22 - 24 April 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            HCI Educators 2009
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCIED2009.9
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            auto-ethnography,Ethnography,interaction design

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