Reviewing the big questions literature; or, should HCI have big questions?

Jordan Beck, Erik Stolterman

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Abstract

What are big questions? Why do scholars propose them? How are they generated? Could they be valuable and useful in HCI research? In this paper we conduct a thorough review of "big questions" literature, which draws on scholarship from a variety of fields and disciplines. Our intended contribution is twofold. First, we provide a substantive review of big questions scholarship, which to our knowledge has never been done before. Second, we leverage this summary as a means of examining the value and utility of big questions in HCI as a research discipline. Whether HCI decides that generating and having big questions would be a desirable path forward, we believe that examining the potential for big questions is a useful way of becoming more reflective about HCI research. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages969-981
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349222
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2017
Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 10 2017Jun 14 2017

Publication series

NameDIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

Conference

Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/10/176/14/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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