UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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SYNOPSIS: Studiocode is an innovative technology for video analysis and distribution, particularly in disciplines that are movement based, such as sports and the arts. Rather than fast-forwarding and rewinding video tapes to pull out important bits of information, coding can be easily applied and can even be done during live video recording. 

This presentation illustrates how a coding template was developed to analyze Representational Practices (i.e., the use of symbols to represent thoughts and emotions) in Artistic Domains, namely: (a) Disciplines – Visual arts, Movement and Music, and (b) Modalities – Visual, Spatial, Aural, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic and Linguistic. Drawing on the video data of classroom observations from multiple case studies of kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, the presentation will illustrate how transcripts of video files were created and coded in relation to three main categories: Agency (knowledge, media, interactions; interactive structures and representational events; developmental trajectories), Pedagogy (contextual practices; representational affordances; outcomes), and Modality (relative position of semiotic modalities; types of semiotic meaning). This session will provide examples from these categories and illustrate some ways in which content can be presented to demonstrate patterns within the data. 


  • SUSAN WRIGHT, a Professor at NIE, was Head of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education from 2006-2009.  Prior to joining NIE, she was Director of the Centre for Applied Studies in Early Childhood at the Queensland University of Technology.  Her teaching and research focuses on young children’s meaning-making and communication using artistic symbol systems and multi-modal forms of expression and emphasizes the significance of creative and somatic forms of development and learning.  She has been an active researcher, attracting over 30 competitive research grants.   Her most recent books are Understanding Creativity in Children:  Children’s Drawings and Meaning-Making (2010, SAGE, UK), Special Education:  Perspectives and Practices (2008, Pearson, Singapore), The Arts, Young Children and Learning (2003, Allyn and Bacon, NY) and Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts (2003, Pearson Australia), the latter of which will go to second edition in 2011.
  • STEPAHNIE BURRIDGE, trained at the Laban Center (UK), holds a BA in Anthropology/Arts History (Australian National University) and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School in association with the University of Kent (UK). As Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theatre (1978-2001) she commissioned many of Australia’s leading choreographers, composers, visual artists and performers. Tasmanian born, she now lives in Singapore where she has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Management University, been a research consultant at the National Institute of Education, is a dance critic, author and editor of numerous publications including Shifting Sands: Dance in Asia and the Pacific (2006) and Beyond the Apsara: Celebrating Dance in Cambodia (2009). She is the Series Editor for the Routledge Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific series.
10 December 2010
NIE Child Development Centre (CDC) (NIE2-B1-04) National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

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