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Introduction to Practice-centred Computing

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European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)


Practice-centred computing has been at the heart of much of past and current Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. Paying attention to people’s practices in context has proved to be essential to understand what types of support they would need in particular situations and think of innovative technological solutions for them. In this masterclass, the ontological and epistemological foundations of practice-centred computing will be introduced and discussed. Special attention will be dedicated to the Grounded Design (GD) research paradigm, a praxeological worldview focusing on investigating the quality of technological artefacts by the understanding of how human practices change, as people engage in using and appropriating them. In particular, the masterclass will address different methods and methodologies that can be used within this paradigm, and how these methods and methodologies can be systematically organised within a research framework, which can be instrumentally used for the design of useful and usable computer technologies.


Pinatti de Carvalho, Aparecido Fabiano (2022): Introduction to Practice-centred Computing. Proceedings of 20th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. DOI: 10.48340/ecscw2022_mc01. European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET). PISSN: 2510-2591. Masterclass. Coimbra, Portugal. 27 June - 1 Juli 2022