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Performing multiple realities: a study of action and agency in technology-enhanced simulation in medical education
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
University of Stirling, UK.
2013 (English)In: Book of Abstracts: 7th European Research Conference, 2013, 3- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Drawing upon Actor network theory (ANT), the paper discusses the issue of agency in simulation training in medical education. Data is generated through observing technology-enhanced simulations in health care education where a mid-fidelity simulator (SimMan) is used. In the teaching session described in the paper, the students work and learn together in a-30 minutes emergency simulation with the SimMan as a patient called Sofia. The paper illustrates different examples of how the SimMan transforms from a "mannequin" and a "piece of technology" to a "female patient Sofia" as an effect of an assemblage of heterogeneous actors and how rapidly the transformation reverses back to a "mannequin", "piece of technology" when the assemblage fails to hold together. By drawing upon ANT, the paper argues that agency is not just a capacity of the students and teachers, but in webs of relations of human actors, materials, a scenario, techniques and the mannequin.

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2013. 3- p.
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Simulation, medical education, actor-network theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106196OAI: diva2:714560
7th European Research Conference, 4-7 September 2013, Berlin, Germany
Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-04-28 Last updated: 2014-05-09Bibliographically approved

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