Design research as explanation: Perceptions in the field

Steven R. Haynes, John Carroll, Thomas G. Kannampallil, Lu Xiao, Paula M. Bach

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Abstract

We report results from interviews with HCI design researchers on their perceptions of how their research relates to the more traditional scientific goal of providing explanations. Theories of explanation are prominent in the physical and natural sciences, psychology, the social sciences, and engineering. Little work though has so-far addressed the special case of how results from reflective design of interactive systems can help provide explanations. We found conceptions of explanation in design research to be broader and more inclusive than those commonly found in the philosophy of science. We synthesized concepts from the interviews into a framework which may help researchers understand how their contributions relate to both classical and emergent conceptions of explanation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2009
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Life New World - Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages1121-1130
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2009Apr 9 2009

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period4/4/094/9/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Haynes, S. R., Carroll, J., Kannampallil, T. G., Xiao, L., & Bach, P. M. (2009). Design research as explanation: Perceptions in the field. In CHI 2009: Digital Life New World - Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1121-1130). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/1518701.1518873