Participatory Video: A Practical Guide to Using Video Creatively in Group Development Work

Published on 1 May 1997

Participatory Video is a comprehensive guide to using video in group development work. Used in a participatory way, video can be a powerful tool, which allows clients to examine the world around them, gain awareness of their situation and become more actively involved in decisions which affect their lives.

Based on an innovative approach researched over twelve years, the book sets out a complete programme for workers in a range of social work, community, education and health settings.

It features over 60 exercises, explaining clearly the procedure to follow, the time needed and the value of each activity. It includes practical advice on: 

  • workshop planning
  • video equipment and how to use it
  • teaching technical skills to group members
  • running long-term projects

Participatory Video is a practical handbook for a wide range of professionals, including social workers, teachers, extension workers, therapists, community artists and video trainers.


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Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

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Shaw, J. and Robertson, C.


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