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Frequently Asked Questions About the Video Study

Why study teaching through a video study?

Traditionally, attempts to measure classroom teaching have used teacher questionnaires. Although questionnaires are relatively easy to administer on a large scale and can provide useful quantitative information, they rely on a teacher's memory and conscious behaviors. Moreover, questions are subject to a teacher's interpretation and cannot be revisited once the questionnaire has been completed. The benefits of a video study are as follows:

  • Video enables the study of complex processes;
  • Video increases inter-rater reliability, decreases training difficulties;
  • Video enables coding from multiple perspectives;
  • Video stores data in a form that allows new analyses at a later time;
  • Video facilitates integration of qualitative and quantitative information; and
  • Video facilitates communication of the results

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