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Willing Technology: Inheriting understanding and practice in an complex technological system of dialysis treatment
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Interaction and System Design.
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis was originally motivated by a curiosity about how historicity and culture forms understanding in activities in a work situation. I wanted to gather and structure some thoughts about what happens when scientific, formally educated, knowledge, which dominates in a traditional desk learning situation, is facing knowledge which is learned through practice in real work situations with complex technology. These contradictions, I believe, must be something we all experience every day, more or less consciously. A study could perhaps be done at any kind of activity or work. I chose a dialysis department and the work of dialysis nurses as an example. This turned out to be a good choice, since these two perspectives of understanding becomes quite clear in a setting with new technology, which, together with routines and treatment, is developing and changing constantly. Patients, nurses, doctors, patient wards, dialysis machines, water cleansing system, and so forth create a complex system. It is not possible to analyse this system, or even create anything meaningful for it, unless bringing in a perspective of time and culture, into the discussion. Historicity explains and forms work practice at the very same time, when the nurses have to create a standpoint and an understanding for the actions they have to take. Creating meaningful design into complex environments is not helped by aiming for a total understanding of the whole system. Instead, agents that form the change of understanding, behaviour and action may work as keys into the creation of new design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
interaction, agents, dialysis, historicity
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2997Local ID: diva2:830292
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2004-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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