Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Multi-camera Video in an Action Research Project on Teaching Critical Literacy

Dr. Tom Hergert.

This presentation will examine the professional development process for a group of K-6 critical literacy instructors who are using multi-camera digital video recordings of classroom activities as part of a long-term action research and professional development project. The integration of digital video technology and artifacts has permitted sharing of and reflection on their teaching and learning environment and interventions. They are discovering that the enhanced perspectives provided by the ability to see and hear teacher presentations, student responses, and the various interactions inherent in their classroom choices allow them to communicate with each other and to reflect, alone and in groups, on their instructional and classroom management choices. The whole project is helping them to understand their particular community of practice (Wenger, 1998). These insights enrich both their professional development journeys and their action research efforts. The current project includes K-6 teachers at three different schools, a university-based critical literacy facilitator/researcher, and a university-based instructional technology/digital video researcher.

The presentation will outline the theoretical and practical considerations that inform and shape this work. We will illustrate both the processes and products of the project, using digital video, the coded database, and the text creations of the various participants. This effort builds on and extends work done by the author and connects to the broader worlds of action research, critical literacy instruction, multimedia production, and teacher education/professional development.


Dr. Tom Hergert  (United States)
Assistant Professor, InforMedia Services
Learning Resources & Technology Services
St. Cloud State University

Tom Hergert is an assistant professor with the InforMedia Services workgroup and the Center for Information Media at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He was previously Communication Arts Department chair at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. While he was a staff film and video producer at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, he received both his MA and Ph.D. in instructional technologies. Having been involved in all facets of professional information film and video production, Tom brings a documentarian’s perspective to his current work in education and multimedia.

  • Critical literacy
  • Multi-media
  • Video
  • Action research

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)