& Philosophy List
Video Study Groups
for Education, Professional Development, and Change
Students of education have been videotaping teaching
practice for decades, analyzing the tapes in an effort to gain a greater understanding of
practice. Whats different here is that the point of taping is for those doing it to
collaborate with one another in order to learn more about their own practice. A video
study group is not a means for a researcher to learn more about someone elses
practice, but for practitioners to learn more about their own practice. Thus, the first
unusual feature of a video study group is that it is made up of people who are mutually
interested and engaged in common work, and who are jointly committed to gaining a better
understanding of what they are doing, then doing it better.
from the Foreword by
Virginia Richardson and Gary Fenstermacher
Video has played a role in education for decades, but value
as a professional development tool has largely gone unnoticed. Author, François
Victor Tochon writes: "The practice of ones profession is not a solitary
activity. Professionals come together for the opportunity for frank communication about an
important part of their lives namely, their grasp of the practical. The video study
group provides a space for reflection on experience."
Video Study Groups provides a sound theoretical base
for use of video in professional development. It contains guidelines for organizing a
group and following up with reflection and analysis. It is a perfect guide for formal or
informal groups of professionals working to improve their practice.