An immersive, contextual way to observe and interview that reveals underlying work structure
• Four principles define the contextual inquiry method:
1. Context: To understand the ongoing experience and tacit knowledge of the worker, it is critical that the researcher observe details in context.
2. Partnership: This is similar to a master/apprentice model, watching, asking questions, and seeking to understand how the data more reliably reflects reality.
3. Interpretation: What researchers see and hear must be interpreted for meaning and double-checked with participants on-site.
4. Focus: The researcher must learn to expand beyond personal focus to see more in the participant’s world, picking up on idiosyncrasies and contradictions. ...