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Using Digital Video as a Research Tool: Ethical Issues for Researchers Article

, , Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 15, Number 4, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


Invited as a paper from ED-MEDIA 2004

Digital video and accompanying editing software are increasingly becoming more accessible for researchers in terms of ease of use and cost. The rich, visually appealing and seductive nature of video-based data can convey a strong sense of direct experience with the phenomena studied (Pea, 1999). However, the ease of selection and of editing of digital video clips means that researchers need to be aware of possible bias inherent in presentation of video vignettes and they also need to monitor the authenticity of clips. Issues of confidentiality and ownership are important and need to be thoughtfully considered by researchers before this new technology becomes ubiquitous in qualitative educational research. The paper discusses ways in which digital video was used as a research tool in a project and explores the above issues as experienced in the project.


Schuck, S. & Kearney, M. (2006). Using Digital Video as a Research Tool: Ethical Issues for Researchers. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 15(4), 447-463. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2018 from .


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