Performing multiple realities: a study of action and agency in technology-enhanced simulation in medical education

Song-ee Ahn, Sanna Rimpiläinen

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event7th European Research Conference - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 4 Sep 20137 Sep 2013


    Conference7th European Research Conference


    • actor-network theory
    • ANT
    • simulations
    • medical education
    • training
    • group learning
    • technology-enhanced learning

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