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Rittel and Webber – 1973 – Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning

Summary: This paper outlines 10 distinguishing properties of wicked problems. Simon’s theory of satisficing is an unexpected factor in the process of reaching saturation in developing potential responses to wicked problems and selecting the “good enough” approach. Side note: It’s rather shocking how little has changed since this paper was published 46 years ago.

Geertz – 1973 – Thick Description: Toward an interpretive theory of cultures

Summary: Explanation of “thick description” as a detailed, contextualized, and interpretative approach to ethnographic study that provides 1) the grist necessary to understand the meaning people place on actions, symbols, artifacts, etc., and 2) a systematic process useful for cultural theory building.

Gaver – 2014 – Science and Design: The implications of different forms of accountability

Summary: Gaver explores the ways in which science and design are held accountable for the understanding that they each produce. Empirical accountability provides science with the protocols and norms to produce generalizable knowledge. Aesthetic accountability drives design to produce working artifacts with meaning and intention.

Lave and Wenger – 1991 – Legitimate Peripheral Participation

Summary: The chapter describes the development of legitimate peripheral participation, a theory of learning in the context of social practice, that evolved from the concept of situated learning. LPP encompasses three dynamics: legitimacy (belonging to a community of practice), peripheral (multiple ways to be involved in the community, that can/should change as learning is acquired), and participation(the degree of relationship in community membership, which also can/should change as learning is acquired).

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