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Professor Mark Hadfield

Professor Mark Hadfield


School of Social Sciences

Mark's background was originally in researching professional development within primary schools and this often involved  supporting action researchers. Over the last ten years he has become more and more interested in leadership and has written and researched extensively in this area, particularly with reference to leading school networks and leadership in the early years. His work on the use of video in research has attracted a lot of attention in recent years.

Mark has undertaken editorial consultation on manuscripts for  the journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement  and is Assistant Editor for the Journal 'School Leadership and Management'.  He is also on the editorial board of 'Educational Action Research Journal' and  is a member of the ESRC peer review College. As an advisor, Mark has worked with  the Welsh Assembly Government on the School Effectiveness Framework, North Somerset County Council Education Department and Leicester City Education Department. He was also co-convenor of Network 5 Youth at risk and urban education of the European Educational Research Association.

A focus on Video and Voice

Throughout his career, Mark has been very committed to working in research that is participatory and collaborative, which has led him to become interested in how to use video technology. One of his first major outputs in this area was his  ESRC-funded project into video within participatory research with young people. Some of the outputs from this can be viewed at the project website.

His many research projects involving  video have been collated into the book 'Video in Social Science Research: Functions and Forms', which concentrates on how researchers can benefit from the use of video in their own research. Many of the projects featured in the book were undertaken by the Urban Programmes Research Group (UPRG). You can view materials from these projects at the UPRG website.

Spreading the word

Mark has disseminated his work in this area in journals, books and at education conferences around the globe. The paper 'Participatory Video Research: Emerging Methodological and Ethical Issues', which was delivered at ECER in Berlin and AERA in New Orleans,  reports the findings of a project concerned with exploring the key methodological and ethical issues researchers and practitioners faced when working with video and young people.  You can download the PowerPoint presentation from this paper.

'Video as a Visual Method within Practitioner Research'  is a chapter  in 'Practitioner Research: Teachers' Investigations in Classroom Teaching'  by Myint Swe Khine and Issa M Saleh. The article 'Voice, young people and action research'  was featured in  Educational Action Research volume  9 (3). It  moves  from an overview of what is meant by the term 'voice' to discussing the significance of its links with action research using a simple typology of three types of voice: Authoritative, Critical and Therapeutic.