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Shifting PracticesReflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation$
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Giovan Francesco Lanzara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034456

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034456.001.0001

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Revisitations: Shifting Stories

Revisitations: Shifting Stories

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Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

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The chapter gives a reasoned account of the researcher's shifting interpretations of the design and testing process consequent to further incoming events and to the Music Faculty' s backtalk.The backtalk changed the researcher's early story of the demo as a controversy about the educational value of the system. The author revisits his early interpretation and tells different stories leading to new understandings. In the process, the researcher's inquiry takes a reflective turn: as he helps the project participants to reflect on their practice, he discovers he is also reflecting on his own. In a sequence of backtalk iterations and revisitations of his previous stories, the researcher becomes aware of his underlying assumptions and earlier understandings and draws a revised picture of the entire process. Therefore he comes to tell a story of shifting stories in which his central research predicament becomes accounting for the practitioners' and his own multiple and shifting understandings of the design process.

Keywords:   backtalk, revisitations, second-order inquiry, shifting stories, controversy story, learning story, cooptation, transient constructs, reflective inquiry, validity

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