The big picture? Video and the representation of interaction

Lydia Plowman, Christine Stephen

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Researchers who use video to record interactions usually need to translate the video data into another medium at some stage in order to facilitate its analysis and dissemination. This article considers some methodological issues that arise in this process by examining transcripts, diagrams and pictures as examples of different techniques for representing interaction. These examples are used to identify some general principles for the representation of data where video is the source material. The article presents an outline of guided interaction and this is used as a case for illustrating these principles in the context of young children, technology and adults in pre-school settings. Although the article focuses on a specific study and solution, the principles are applicable in all cases where video is used as a source of data for the representation of interaction, whether or not it is technologically mediated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-565
Number of pages25
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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