So, who exactly IS the HCI professional?

Austin, Ann and Abdelnour-Nocera, Jose ORCID: (2015) So, who exactly IS the HCI professional? In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 18-23 April 2015, Seoul, Korea.

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Little is known about the cognitive profile of the HCI practitioner or educator, or how their individual differences impact upon practice in the field or the classroom. To address this, we conducted surveys to collect the cognitive style of practitioners, educators, and those with both roles, followed these up by interviews. It was found that practitioners are more comfortable employing both analytical and intuitive approaches than the general population, and that the educator is able to suppress intuitive tendencies when performing analytical tasks. The profile of the educator who practices is different from the educator who does not practice, and the educator who does not practice is more evangelical about the subject. Recognising and accepting these differences is essential if we are to design a curriculum that supports the needs of the field.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9781450331463
Identifier: 10.1145/2702613.2732906
Page Range: pp. 1037-1042
Identifier: 10.1145/2702613.2732906
Keywords: HCI education; cognitive style; practice
Subjects: Computing
Depositing User: Jose Abdelnour-Nocera
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 14:18
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:05

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