Constructing Knowledge Art

Book description


This book is about how people (we refer to them as practitioners) can help guide participants in creating representations of issues or ideas, such as collaborative diagrams, especially in the context of Participatory Design (PD). At its best, such representations can reach a very high level of expressiveness and usefulness, an ideal we refer to as Knowledge Art. Achieving that level requires effective engagement, often aided by facilitators or other practitioners. Most PD research focuses on tools and methods, or on participant experience. The next source of advantage is to better illuminate the role of practitioners-the people working with participants, tools, and methods in service of a project’s larger goals. Just like participants, practitioners experience challenges, interactions, and setbacks, and come up with creative ways to address them while maintaining their stance of service to participants and stakeholders. Our research interest is in understanding what moves and choices practitioners make that either help or hinder participants’ engagement with representations. We present a theoretical framework that looks at these choices from the experiential perspectives of narrative, aesthetics, ethics, sensemaking and improvisation and apply it to five diverse case studies of actual practice.

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Introduction / Participatory Design and Representational Practice / Dimensions of Knowledge Art / Case Studies / Discussion and Conclusions / Appendix: Knowledge Art Analytics / Bibliography / Author Biographies

Table of contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. Participatory Design and Representational Practice
    1. 2.1 The Role of Practitioners
      1. 2.1.1 Aesthetics and Mediating Representations in PD
    2. 2.2 Summary
  4. Dimensions of Knowledge Art
    1. 3.1 Critical Viewpoints on Practice Research
    2. 3.2 The Experience of Participatory Practice
    3. 3.3 An Experiential Model
    4. 3.4 Examining the Dimensions
      1. 3.4.1 Aesthetics [p]
      2. 3.4.2 Ethics [q]
      3. 3.4.3 Narrative [r]
      4. 3.4.4 Sensemaking [s]
      5. 3.4.5 Improvisation [t]
    5. 3.5 Summary
  5. Case Studies
    1. 4.1 Example 1: Tom and Jackie—An Improvised Educational Game
      1. 4.1.1 Discussion
    2. 4.2 Example 2: Contingency Planning—A Participant Takes Over
      1. 4.2.1 Discussion
    3. 4.3 Example 3: Hab Crew—Collaborative Retrieval and Authoring (1/3)
    4. 4.3 Example 3: Hab Crew—Collaborative Retrieval and Authoring (2/3)
    5. 4.3 Example 3: Hab Crew—Collaborative Retrieval and Authoring (3/3)
      1. 4.3.1 Discussion
    6. 4.4 Example 4: Ames Group 4—Improvised Tacit Teamwork between Practitioners
      1. 4.4.1 Discussion
    7. 4.5 Example 5: Ames Group 2 Session—When a Session Veers off Course
      1. 4.5.1 Discussion
    8. 4.6 Summary
      1. 4.6.1 Multiple Narratives
      2. 4.6.2 Looking at Instances of Practice in Experiential Terms
  6. Discussion and Conclusions
    1. 5.1 Fostering Engagement and Effective PD Practice
    2. 5.2 Learning and Education
  7. Appendix: Knowledge Art Analytics
    1. 6.1 Shaping Form
    2. 6.2 Coherence, Engagement, and Usefulness (CEU) Analysis
    3. 6.3 Sensemaking Episode Description
    4. 6.4 Moves and Choices Analysis
    5. 6.5 Framing Analysis
    6. 6.6 Granularity of the Different Techniques
    7. 6.7 How the Techniques Relate to the Conceptual Framework
    8. 6.8 Summary
  8. Bibliography (1/2)
  9. Bibliography (2/2)
  10. Author Biographies

Product information

  • Title: Constructing Knowledge Art
  • Author(s): Al Selvin, Simon Buckingham Shum
  • Release date: October 2014
  • Publisher(s): Morgan & Claypool Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781627052603