ERIC Number: ED105536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Videotape as an Observational Technique: A Critique.
Decker, Warren D.
This paper presents a critique on the use of video tape recordings in observing human behavior for instructional and therapeutic purposes. Two problems are discussed in relation to this issue: video tape may distort the way a subject acts during recording: and the techniques, film conventions, and camera angles may be such that they give the best view of one person. Both of these factors may produce an unrealistic picture of the person being taped; in effect, the recording mechanism controls the action recorded. Persons using video tape in self-confrontation exercises would be able to successfully manipulate the results of the observation. Any research which aims at replicating "real life" in order to guarantee external validity must deal with these issues. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (New York City, March 13-15, 1975)