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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||7th European Research Conference - Berlin, Germany|
Duration: 4 Sep 2013 → 7 Sep 2013
|Conference||7th European Research Conference|
|Period||4/09/13 → 7/09/13|
- actor-network theory
- medical education
- group learning
- technology-enhanced learning
Ahn, S., & Rimpiläinen, S. (2013). Performing multiple realities: a study of action and agency in technology-enhanced simulation in medical education. 3. 7th European Research Conference, Berlin, Germany.