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Kinnula, M., Iivari, N., Kuure, L. et al. Educational Participatory Design in the Crossroads of Histories and Practices – Aiming for Digital Transformation in Language Pedagogy. Comput Supported Coop Work (2023).

Educational participatory design in the crossroads of histories and practices : aiming for digital transformation in language pedagogy

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Author: Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1; Kuure, Leena1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-28


Some level of digital technology design skills and competencies is important in any profession but in their education and work life this is often ignored. We explore the potential of Educational Participatory Design (EPD) in transforming work practices within diverse disciplines. This is done through a transdisciplinary case where EPD was used as an approach for transforming language teacher education seen to respond too slowly to technological advancements in society and work life. Based on our findings, we propose EPD as a useful approach for building the design agency of future professionals with various disciplinary and professional backgrounds. In the context of real-life work practice with students as future workers, EPD invites them to act as ‘designers’ envisioning novel practices and technologies for their own work, engaging their ‘users’ in the PD processes. EPD as a novel methodological approach integrates design with work practice learning and education and therefore, we suggest, belongs to the core expertise of CSCW research and design interested in the digital transformation of work practices.

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Series: Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW)
ISSN: 0925-9724
ISSN-E: 1573-7551
ISSN-L: 0925-9724
DOI: 10.1007/s10606-023-09473-8
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant #318930, Profi4) and the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318930
Detailed Information: 318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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