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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The big picture? Video and the representation of interaction
Author(s): Plowman, Lydia
Stephen, Christine
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Issue Date: Aug-2008
Date Deposited: 12-Sep-2012
Citation: Plowman L & Stephen C (2008) The big picture? Video and the representation of interaction. British Educational Research Journal, 34 (4), pp. 541-565.
Abstract: Researchers who use video to record interactions usually need to translate the video data into another medium at some stage in order to facilitate its analysis and dissemination. This article considers some methodological issues that arise in this process by examining transcripts, diagrams and pictures as examples of different techniques for representing interaction. These examples are used to identify some general principles for the representation of data where video is the source material. The article presents an outline of guided interaction and this is used as a case for illustrating these principles in the context of young children, technology and adults in pre-school settings. Although the article focuses on a specific study and solution, the principles are applicable in all cases where video is used as a source of data for the representation of interaction, whether or not it is technologically mediated.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01411920701609422
Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in British Educational Research Journal, Volume 34, Issue 4, 2008, pp. 541-562, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:

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