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Title: Current issues and future directions in methods for studying technology in the home
Authors: Coughlan, Tim
Leder Mackley, Kerstin
Brown, Michael
Martindale, Sarah
Schloegl, Stephan
Mallaband, Becky
Arnott, John
Hoonhout, Jettie
Szostak, Dalila
Brewer, Robin
Poole, Erika
Pirhonen, Antti
Mitchell, Val
Pink, Sarah
Hine, Nicholas
Keywords: Home
Research methods
Human-computer interaction
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: PsychNology © the authors
Citation: COUGHLAN, T. ... et al., 2013. Current issues and future directions in methods for studying technology in the home. PsychNology, 11 (2), pp. 159 - 184.
Abstract: Homes are essential contexts in which to understand how technologies are used and experienced. At the same time they hold substantial challenges for conducting research, exploring novel designs, and building understanding. In this paper we review approaches to studying the home, including recent innovations and issues that should guide further methodological reflection. We draw on the expertise of a large number of researchers experienced in studying technology in the home, who have formed a community to map the space of methods in use and share their experiences of the key issues faced in practice. Themes include utilising new technology as a source of data as well as an object of study, creating representations of home life that support discussion and reflection, revealing details of important yet routine or mundane activities, and supporting participation to overcome the complex ethical and privacy concerns inherent in the study of the home.
Description: This article was published in the journal, PsychNology [© the authors]. The journal's website is at: http://www.psychnology.org/
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13483
Publisher Link: http://www.psychnology.org/File/PNJ11(2)/PSYCHNOLOGY_JOURNAL_11_2_COUGHLAN.pdf
ISSN: 1720-7525
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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