First edition of New Perspectives- emergent researcher David Knapper NQT

Our final paper is by David Knapper who was pro-active in using the latest recording technology to investigate it’s use in facilitating reflection of teachers following Physical Education lessons.

The use of video technology as a tool for reflection


2 thoughts on “First edition of New Perspectives- emergent researcher David Knapper NQT

  1. A review of David Knapper’s paper kindly submitted by Dr Anthony Barnett

    David Knapper’s paper begins by focusing on how professional knowledge is advanced through critical reflection on practice. He identifies a range of contributors to the discourse of reflective practice and begins to identify some of the varieties of approach e.g. Schon’s (1983) model of Reflection in Action and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle (1983). David Knapper refers to reflection as an art which is a positive move away from mechanistic, formulaic approaches. He emphasises the intuitively appealing aim of implementing “purposeful change and to continually improve the environment in which children are educated” (p. 2).
    The main focus of Knapper’s paper is to evaluate the use of video technology as part of a reflective process. He draws from a range of literature when considering the positive and negative value for users of video technology to support critical reflection. His specific case study approach, uses self-evaluation forms and questionnaires completed by primary school teachers teaching physical education lessons. He acknowledges the extensive ethical considerations when using video technology for research. This is an area that warrants further consideration. A strength of this paper is the detailed reporting of the responses of the participants and the links to Kolb’s reflective cycle. The author has also engaged with the technology personally and started to consider implications for his own continuing professional development. He concludes by reemphasising the role of video technology as a reflective observation stage within a broader process of reflection.

    Editorial note: Anthony Barnett suggests it would be interesting to explore the differences between various reflection models in more detail. He highlights Bradbury’s (2010) Beyond reflective practice: new approaches to professional lifelong learning, as a particularly interesting edited collection of recent perspectives on reflective practice.

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  2. Note from the editor:

    David comments that he is delighted to be included in the first edition of New Perspectives. He adds:

    “The importance of reflection in Physical Education has always been high on my agenda. Reflection is a fundamental aspect of teacher professional development and the use of video technology in schools has the potential to support teachers with evaluation. My next adventure is an international school in Vienna, where I will be using technology to support me in my new role as a PE teacher.

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