Combining Digital Video Technology and Narrative Methods for Understanding Infant Development

Secrist, Cory; de Koeyer, Ilse; Bell, Holly; Fogel, Alan
May 2002
Forum: Qualitative Social Research;2002, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p6
Academic Journal
As technology improves, the possibilities for new ways of conducting research emerge. This article focuses on the use of Adobe Premiere video editing software in qualitative research. Examples from our studies of mother-infant relationships will be used to highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of this new tool in observational, qualitative research. The major benefits of using computer film editing software are that it makes it possible to rearrange, present, and navigate through video in ways never possible before. By capturing segments of video with the types of behavior most relevant for the study, then chronologically ordering the segments into a computer file or a new video, it is possible to create a condense and digestible film to study. This provides a new way to visualize and analyze developmental change. The article also briefly discusses the potential benefits and ethical issues for using digital video in online journals.


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