ERIC Number: ED456830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Power of Video Technology in International Comparative Research in Education.
Ulewicz, Monica, Ed.; Beatty, Alexandra, Ed.
The Board on International Comparative Studies in Education (BICSE) was established in 1988. Under its initial mandate, the board monitored U.S. participation in large-scale international comparative studies. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) has been the focus of much of BICSE's agenda in the 1990s. The TIMSS Videotape Classroom Study represented one of the dimensions of TIMSS's design, and the technical advances resulting from it have increased general interest in international video studies among education researchers and policy makers. The BICSE hosted a one-day workshop in November 1999 to explore three issues: the potential that video technology appears to offer as a tool to enhance and expand international comparative research; the role of international video in informing educational research and professional development in the U.S.; and the methodological questions raised by the use of this research tool. In light of the potential benefits and recognizing the unresolved issues, the BICSE offers four recommendations to researchers, funding agencies, and policy makers. The international comparative education research community should: pursue projects that appropriately use video technology as a research tool; support not only large-scale studies that make use of video technology, such as the TIMSS, but also other kinds of video-based research; undertake initiatives, such as the support of a working group, to help clarify and develop solutions to the privacy and confidentiality issues in using video technology in such research; and undertake initiatives, such as the support of a working group, to explore the creation of a video archive or archives for international comparative research in education. An overview of the historical context of video in international comparative research is provided, and selected works from international perspectives are highlighted. The next section of the report describes the primary benefits of-and caveats associated with-using video technology in international comparative studies in education. The remaining sections of the report discuss: integrating qualitative and quantitative analysis; sample size; what video can and cannot capture; privacy and confidentiality; professional development; and links between achievement and teaching practices. The workshop agenda and list of participants are appended. (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Technology, International Studies, Policy Formation, Use Studies, Video Equipment, Videotape Recordings
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on International Comparative Studies in Education.
IES Cited: ED472672
Note: Based on the workshop "The Uses of Video in International Education Studies" (Washington, DC, November 30, 1999).