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Summary Evaluation
Using Video in Teaching and Learning Research


April 29th 2004, University of Bristol, Hosted by the Graduate School of Education

“Using Video in Teaching and Learning Research” was a discussion-based seminar featuring presentations from anthropologist Dr Sarah Pink, sociologist Jon Hindmarsh and educational research from the TLRP project InterActive Education. The seminar had a general focus on the use of video, and included an overview of the history of film and video in social science research, the analysis of video data and the use of video in supporting teacher research and practice. These presentations were supported by demonstrations from IT and video applications, including a presentation on The Observer video software and the DIPEx website (which includes video interview data). There was an attendance of 23 participants, of whom 19 were TLRP researchers.

Of the 19 event feedback forms we received most indicated that the participants found the seminar valuable. The evaluative scale for how the event met their objectives and needs was very positively skewed in the trainers/convenors category, which was also reflected in general comments made about the value of attending the day. One person commented that “It was useful to see how practically and theoretically the technology is being used by academics in their research”. There were fewer specific benefits mentioned, although one person commented that the presentations on using video papers and video on the web for dissemination were of especial relevance to their research. In fact, most comments made by participants about the aspects of their personal objectives for attending that were not covered by the event related to having specific interests in using video that were only touched upon by the presenters. Some of these interests included; greater attention to video analysis, transcription methods, the ethics of using visual images, using video in specific research settings such as workplace learning and so on. The analysis of video images appeared to be the most common area of interest, evident in both the personal objectives identified prior to the event and in the comments made regarding objectives that were not met after the event. It may be worth considering making further provision for training in video data analysis in the RCBN programme.

Organisationally, the venue was well-received. There was some concern over the pace of the event, and judging from comments and observations made, this was probably due to the fact that some speakers ran overtime and others did not create many opportunities for discussion.

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