Seeing ethnographically: teaching ethnography as part of CSCW

Brown, Barry and Lundin, Johan and Rost, Mattias and Lymer, Gustav and Holmquist, Lars Erik (2007) Seeing ethnographically: teaching ethnography as part of CSCW. In: Proceedings of ECSCW 2007: 10th European Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Work, 24-28 Sept 2007, Limerick, Ireland.



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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:2655
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:16 Apr 2008
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:12

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