Fostering cooperative activism through critical design

Menendez-Blanco, Maria, Bjorn, Pernille and De angeli, Antonella (2017) Fostering cooperative activism through critical design. In: CSCW 2017, 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2017, Portland, Oregon.

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Critical design is gaining momentum in interaction design, yet little CSCW research has focused on articulating the cooperative potentials of critical design artefacts. We address this gap by reflecting upon a design project aimed at overturning the prevailing narrative regarding dyslexia in Italy. The adversarial propositions embedded in our critical design artefacts challenged the description of dyslexia as a learning disorder putting forward the view of a learning difference. These artefacts demonstrated their capacity to bridge heterogeneous social worlds (those of teachers, children, and parents) into one cooperative entity and mobilise cooperative activism. The contribution to CSCW is two-fold. Firstly, we introduce the cooperative potentials of critical design artefacts; secondly, we propose critical design as a strategy for researchers engaging with cooperative activism. © 2017 ACM.

Keywords:Computer supported cooperative work, Education, Interactive computer systems, Teaching, Boundary objects, Common field of work, Cooperative activism, Critical design, Dependencies, Dyslexia, Groupware
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:09 Mar 2018 14:25

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