Advanced Institute:
Methods for Qualitative Video-based research

Dates: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 2022
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm eastern time

This weeklong, in-person PEER advanced institute gives opportunities for previous PEER participants to expand their methodological expertise in educational research practices by focusing on methods for qualitative video-based research.

Since the syllabus for each field school is adapted to the needs of the participants, the syllabus is only available to registered participants. However, a sample syllabus is available on the Sample Field School page.

(Registration closed)


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Who should attend?

PEER targets a broad diversity of experience and interest in DBER. The workshop is appropriate for:

  • Faculty not currently engaged in DBER but interested in learning about theories and methodologies for possible future research
  • Current DBER researchers looking to build or broaden their network of collaborators and engage in generative discussions about existing and new projects
  • Graduate students or postdoctoral researchers who want to learn more about DBER project management and building a successful research program
  • Faculty at teaching-focused universities interested in using research methodology to improve or assess their teaching and/or publish in Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

As a PEER Advanced Institute, we have two requirements for participation:

  • Participation in at least one previous PEER Field School (such as the 2022 PEER-Rochester Field School)
  • Access to an appropriate data set (video data capturing interactions between learners) that can be analyzed during the field school

What do we cover?

Participants will gain experience with methods, theories, and practices for analyzing interactions between learners as captured on video, a common method for acquiring rich data. The course goals are for participants to appreciate the breadth and depth of analysis that is possible with video data and to undertake such analysis themselves. Institute participants will be able to:

  • identify and richly describe events of interest in classroom video episodes;
  • closely analyze video episodes;
  • identify research themes and questions inspired by observations and analysis;
  • make claims that are closely supported by video evidence;
  • reach detailed evidence-based conclusions regarding their claims;
  • identify entry points into existing scholarship in qualitative video analysis; and
  • envision a full-scale scholarly investigation with origins in in-depth analysis of video

The theory and practice of interaction analysis will be featured throughout the course. Other specific topics will be tailored to the expertise and interests of the participants; possible topics include epistemological framing, discourse analysis, sociocultural analysis, embodied cognition, gesture research, and participation frameworks.


Rachel Scherr is a physics professor with expertise in qualitative video-based research
Mary Bridget Kustusch is a physics professor with expertise in education research.


This PEER Advanced Institute is made possible by the National Science Foundation BCSER program DRL #2025170 and sponsored by the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation.

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