Academic prototyping as a method of knowledge production: The case of the dynamic table of contexts

S Ruecker, N Adelaar, Susan Brown, Teresa Dobson, Ruth Knechtel, Susan Liepert, Andrew MacDonald, Ernesto Peña, Milena Radzikowska, Geoff G. Roeder, Stéfan Sinclair, Jennifer Windsor

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Abstract

Academic prototyping, like ethnography or bench studies, is a way of producing new knowledge about an idea. It can result in a kind of evidence that can be used to strengthen or weaken an argument. A prototype is an artifact, but it is not just an artifact; it may be a phase in product development, but it is not necessarily so. It is also, and perhaps more importantly, a phase in a critical process. In fact, it is perhaps better to speak of academic prototyping, rather than of academic prototypes. In this article, as an example, we discuss the Dynamic Table of Contexts, an academic prototyping project that has served for more than 10 years as a focus of ideas about what it means to remediate and improve on a venerable print tradition.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalScholarly and Research Communication
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • prototyping
  • table of contents
  • table of contexts
  • DToC
  • ebooks
  • book design

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    Ruecker, S., Adelaar, N., Brown, S., Dobson, T., Knechtel, R., Liepert, S., MacDonald, A., Peña, E., Radzikowska, M., Roeder, G. G., Sinclair, S., & Windsor, J. (2014). Academic prototyping as a method of knowledge production: The case of the dynamic table of contexts. Scholarly and Research Communication, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.22230/src.2014v5n2a158