Visual Sociology in the Classroom: Fostering Interaction Awareness Using Video

  • Paolo Parmeggiani
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6456)


In this paper we will present an empirical research about the interactions between teacher and students in a grade three of a secondary school analyzed with video. The methodologies, which shaped our data collection and analysis, are the action research, the conversation analysis of institutional talk within a class, the stimulated recall, and the visual sociology with Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software. We taped some lessons; through the replay of their daily activity we involved students and teacher separately in an auto-observation and video analysis process with the software Transana, highlighting those behaviors which were outstanding for them, eliciting their subjective meanings. Finally we organized a group discussion about the respective interpretative video analysis of the lesson, allowing a reciprocal meta-communication.

This method of group video–analysis forces a re-examination of fixed practices, helping to redefine rigid patterns of interaction and didactic routine.


Video-analysis visual sociology action research conversation analysis stimulated recall CAQDAS 


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  • Paolo Parmeggiani
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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di UdineUdineItalia

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