35 Bidirectional Artifact Analysis

A Method for Analyzing Digitally Mediated Creative Processes

Erica Halverson and Alecia Magnifico

In this chapter, we describe bidirectional artifact analysis, an analytic method for understanding creative, digital production processes through ethnographic observations of participants in situ, the artifacts they create, and interviews with participants as they describe their activities over time. Marrying narrative analysis (Halverson, 2008; Labov, 1997), discourse analysis (Wood & Kroger, 2000), and artifact analysis, this framework echoes and extends Enyedy’s (2005) description of bidirectional analysis: “go[ing] ‘backwards’ in time in an attempt to trace the origins of this intervention and ‘forwards’ in ...

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