Trying-out a walking help: Participation through situated learning in the adjustment and assessment of welfare technology

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The paper contributes to the discussion of how people with limited communication means become active participants in the assessment of welfare technologies. The paper combines ethnomethodology with insights form Science and Technology Studies and emphasises the situated and multimodal practices that constitute the trial as a joint activity in which the impaired participant becomes a competent participant and independent walker. The analysis is based on video recordings from a case study in which a person with brain injury is trying out a new type of walking help. The trial is understood as a situated learning process in which the participants prepare, enact and assess the performance of the technology supported walking. The paper distinguishes two iterative phases in which the impaired person is constituted as an independent walker: the adjustment and assessment of a body-device relation and, further, the performance and assessment of the activity the user can perform.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftClinical Linguistics & Phonetics
Vol/bind30
Udgave nummer10
Sider (fra-til)812-831
Antal sider20
ISSN0269-9206
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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