Videotaping as a means of self-monitoring to improve theater students' performance

William Y. Lan, Jake Morgan

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of retroactive and focused self-monitoring, actualized by videotaping, on children's theater performance. In Experiment 1, 20 students in a theater performance program were randomly assigned to either a control or a self-monitoring condition, and their weekly rehearsals were videotaped. Only students in the self-monitoring condition viewed their videotaped rehearsals. The authors found that retroactive self-monitoring enhanced theater performance. In Experiment 2, 36 children preparing for a Christmas play were randomly assigned to either a focused or to a general self-monitoring condition. They viewed their videotaped rehearsals; the focused self-monitoring group received a list of important aspects of the performance to watch. The focused self-monitoring enhanced the children's performance in the play.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-381
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


  • Self-monitoring
  • Self-recording
  • Theater education
  • Theater performance


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