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Knowledge and the artefact

By C. Rust, S. Hawkins, G. Whiteley, A. Wilson and J. Roddis


<p>This paper discusses ways that knowledge may be found in or through artefacts. One purpose is to suggest situations where artefacts might be central to a narrative, rather than secondary to a text. A second purpose is to suggest ways that design and production of artefacts might be instrumental in eliciting knowledge. </p>\ud <p>Four general situations are proposed:</p>\ud <p>(1) Simple Forms - an artefact demonstrates or describes a principle or technique. </p>\ud <p>(2) Communication of Process - artefacts arising from a process make the process explicit. </p>\ud <p>(3) Artefacts Within the Research - artefacts are instrumental in advancing the research by communicating ideas or information. </p>\ud <p>(4) Knowledge Elicited by Artefacts - artefacts provide a stimulus or context which enables information to be uncovered. .</p

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