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Kija Lin Østergaard, Jesper Simonsen, Helena Karasti, Examining situated design practices: Nurses’ transformations towards genuine participation, Design Studies, Volume 59, 2018, Pages 37-57, ISSN 0142-694X,

Examining situated design practices : nurses’ transformations towards genuine participation

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Author: Østergaard, Kija Lin1; Simonsen, Jesper1; Karasti, Helena2
Organizations: 1Roskilde University, Department of People and Technology, Universitetsvej 1, bldg. 8.2, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
2INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-01-08


We scrutinise the concrete practices of participants’ engagement in participatory design through an empirical case in which nurses from different hospital wards began as reluctant users, but gradually engaged in processes approaching genuine participation. We expand a newly proposed, psychologically inspired perspective into a conceptual frame to investigate transformations towards genuine participation. This analytical lens elucidates how participants engage in becoming authentic, credible, attentive and present in participatory endeavours, and how this affects reflection and learning. The case includes the designer’s process of becoming a genuine participant during the project. By offering a new take on the concept of genuine participation using a dimension characterised by a genuine, focused presence, we offer our lessons learnt from applying the framework.

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Series: Design studies
ISSN: 0142-694X
ISSN-E: 1872-6909
ISSN-L: 0142-694X
Volume: 59
Pages: 37 - 57
DOI: 10.1016/j.destud.2017.12.002
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license