Volume 35, Issue 2 p. 254-268

Critical Design Ethnography: Designing for Change

Sasha A. Barab

Sasha A. Barab

Indiana University

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Michael K. Thomas

Michael K. Thomas

University of Oklahoma

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Tyler Dodge

Tyler Dodge

Indiana University

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Kurt Squire

Kurt Squire

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Markeda Newell

Markeda Newell

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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First published: 08 January 2008
Citations: 101

Abstract

This article describes critical design ethnography, an ethnographic process involving participatory design work aimed at transforming a local context while producing an instructional design that can be used in multiple contexts. Here, we reflect on the opportunities and challenges that emerged as we built local critiques then reified them into a designed artifact that has been implemented in classrooms all over the world.