Framing and Exposing Community Issues through Video Participatory Research: An Emerging Approach for Adult Education
Sarah Mathews, Maria Lovett, Florida International University, Miami, FL, United States
IJAVET Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global
Video participatory research (VPR) is an emergent methodology that bridges visual methods with the epistemology of participatory research. This approach is motivated by the “crisis of representation” or “reflective turn” (Gubrium & Harper, 2013) that promotes research conducted with or by participants, conceptualizing research as praxis (Lather, 1991). In this manuscript, the authors argue that VPR can be used to explore issues directly impacting individuals involved with adult education and vocational training. Primary investigators work with community co-researchers to document issues in the community, analyze this audio-visual material, and produce and distribute video projects, exposing policy makers and key stakeholders to a community's concerns. When implementing the VPR process research teams account for intentionality of form and content, apply a multi-perspective analysis to the complex layers of data produced by video, and plan for distribution of work on the personal and local level as well as in the public sphere (i.e., at the micro and macro level).
Mathews, S. & Lovett, M. (2017). Framing and Exposing Community Issues through Video Participatory Research: An Emerging Approach for Adult Education. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 8(2), 42-53. IGI Global.