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A survey of the trajectories conceptual framework: investigating theory use in HCI

Velt, Raphael; Benford, Steve; Reeves, Stuart

Authors

Raphael Velt Raphael.Velt@nottingham.ac.uk

Steve Benford steve.benford@nottingham.ac.uk

Stuart Reeves



Abstract

We present a case study of how Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) theory is reused within the field. We analyze the HCI literature in order to reveal the impact of one particular theory, the trajectories framework that has been cited as an example of both contemporary HCI theory and a strong concept that sits between theory and design practice. Our analysis of 60 papers that seriously engaged with trajectories reveals the purposes that the framework served and which parts of it they used. We compare our findings to the originally stated goals of trajectories and to subsequent claims of its status as both theory and strong concept. The results shed new light on what we mean by theory in HCI, including its relationship to practice and to other disciplines.

Start Date May 6, 2017
Publication Date May 9, 2017
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 2091-2105
Book Title CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 978-1-4503-4655-9
APA6 Citation Velt, R., Benford, S., & Reeves, S. (2017). A survey of the trajectories conceptual framework: investigating theory use in HCI. In CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2091-2105. doi:10.1145/3025453.3026022
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3026022
Keywords HCI, Theory, Trajectories, Strong concepts
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3026022
Related Public URLs https://chi2017.acm.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information CHI 2017, May 6-11, 2017. ACM 978-1-4503-4655-9. doi:10.1145/3025453.3026022

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