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Making HCI theory work: an analysis of the use of activity theory in HCI research
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)In: Behavior and Information Technology, ISSN 0144-929X, E-ISSN 1362-3001, Vol. 35, no 8, 608-627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This paper reports a study of the use of activity theory in human-computer interaction (HCI) research. We analyse activity theory in HCI since its first appearance about 25 years ago. Through an analysis and meta-synthesis of 109 selected HCI activity theory papers, we created a taxonomy of 5 different ways of using activity theory: (1) analysing unique features, principles, and problematic aspects of the theory; (2) identifying domain-specific requirements for new theoretical tools; (3) developing new conceptual accounts of issues in the field of HCI; (4) guiding and supporting empirical analyses of HCI phenomena; and (5) providing new design illustrations, claims, and guidelines. We conclude that HCI researchers are not only users of imported theory, but also theory-makers who adapt and develop theory for different purposes.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 35, no 8, 608-627 p.
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HCI theory, activity theory, theory use
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Human Computer Interaction Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124244DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2016.1175507ISI: 000379044500002OAI: diva2:950971
Available from: 2016-08-04 Created: 2016-07-29 Last updated: 2016-08-04Bibliographically approved

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