In 2010, a study by R. Lofthouse and P. Birmingham found that, of 73 student teachers who used video for self-reflection, 89% recognised that it had had a positive impact on the way they responded to their own teaching.
Similarly, Mirandanet at the University of Bedfordshire undertook independent research a few years ago, and of the 99 teachers who were surveyed about their experience of using video for professional development, they found that:
- 99% felt they were taking more responsibility for their own professional development
- 96% felt they would be more likely to try new practices or be experimental in their approach to teaching
- 88% felt their confidence as a teacher had risen
But, how exactly does video help to improve teachers continuing professional development? And do the costs outweigh the benefits?