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Co-evolving problems and solutions: The case of novice interaction designers in Botswana and the UK

Lotz, Nicole; Sharp, Helen; Woodroffe, Mark; Richard, Blyth; Rajah, Dino and Ranganai, Turugare (2013). Co-evolving problems and solutions: The case of novice interaction designers in Botswana and the UK. In: IASDR, 26-30 August, Tokyo, Japan, International Association of Societies of Design Research, pp. 1004–1015.

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Abstract

This paper establishes that problem-solution co-evolution is observed in novice interaction designers in the UK and Botswana. However, in the majority of Botswana protocols we could see a new type of co-evolution, which we termed solution-problem co-evolution. Solution- problem co-evolution uses ‘off the shelf’’ solutions to structure the problem space. Both types of co-evolution are described and discussed in this paper. The findings are drawn from the analysis of 18 (5 UK, 13 Botswana) 1-hour design protocols from two cohorts of students studying the same undergraduate Open University Interaction Design module, one in Botswana and one in the UK. Participants were required to complete a medical interaction design task under controlled conditions. We based our analysis on a coding scheme that was developed specifically for this protocol study. The coding scheme is based on Schön’s seminal work on reflective practice. It visually represents activities in the problem and solutions spaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
Extra Information: ISBN 978-4-9980776-3-3
Keywords: Design thinking, Problem-solution co-evolution, Solution-problem co-evolution, Novice designers, Schön
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Design and Innovation
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 37809
Depositing User: Nicole Lotz
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 10:40
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 14:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37809
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