Seeing ethnographically: Teaching ethnography as part of CSCW

Barry Brown*, Johan Lundin, Mattias Rost, Gustav Lymer, Lars Erik Holmquist

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECSCW 2007 - Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
EditorsLiam J. Bannon
PublisherSpringer
Pages411-430
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781848000315
ISBN (Print)9781848000308
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event10th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2007 - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 24 Sep 200728 Sep 2007

Conference

Conference10th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2007
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period24/09/0728/09/07

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