A little respect: four case studies of HCI’s disregard for other disciplines

Marshall, Joe and Linehan, Conor and Spence, Jocelyn and Rennick-Egglestone, Stefan (2017) A little respect: four case studies of HCI’s disregard for other disciplines. In: CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 6-11 May 2017, Denver, USA.

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HCI research often demonstrates lack of respect for other disciplines, evidenced by the way work from those disciplines are cited in CHI papers. We present 4 case studies that demonstrate; 1) that HCI researchers sometimes misunderstand and misrepresent work from other disciplines, and 2) how initial misrepresentations can become ‘accepted wisdom ’within HCI. This disregard for other disciplines leads to errors such as authors citing work to support ‘facts’ precisely opposite to those demonstrated by the cited literature. We conclude with recommendations for authors, editors, publishers and readers on how to reduce the risk of such failures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: doi:10.1145/3027063.3052752
Keywords: HCI; interdisciplinarity; Bad HCI
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Marshall, Joseph
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 17:26
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41049

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