Immersive video modelling: a mixed methods evaluation of a life skills intervention in a specialist secondary setting

Hawkins, Daniel (2020). Immersive video modelling: a mixed methods evaluation of a life skills intervention in a specialist secondary setting. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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This thesis introduces and evaluates immersive video modelling (IVM), a new intervention that draws upon techniques used in video modelling whilst incorporating virtual reality. IVM uses 360° video to create virtual environments that depict a target skill being carried out. Participants watch 360° videos through a head mounted display with the anticipation that they will be able to learn the skill through watching this video. Videos are recorded from a first-person perspective to enhance feelings of presence (feeling like you are in the video).

This study used IVM to teach a life skill to five participants in a year 9 class at a generic special school. Participants chose to learn how to tie shoelaces. A mixed methods research design was used, consisting of quantitative and qualitative phases. The quantitative phase used an AB design to evaluate the impact that IVM had on shoelace tying skill. One participant was able to master, maintain, and generalise the skill, while the remaining participants failed to do so. The qualitative phase used semi-structured interviews to gather the views of adults who delivered the intervention. Thematic analysis of the interviews found that, overall, participants valued the use of IMV stating that it appeared to increase motivation and engagement. Furthermore, staff were interested in continuing to use 360° video in other ways. However, they raised some concerns about the structure of the intervention and the techniques used to tie shoelaces, which they felt contributed to the limited progress made by some participants. This study concludes that IVM and 360° video appear to offer a number of potential benefits to educators that should continue to be explored in future research.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)


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