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ERIC Number: ED343171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Applied Television Aesthetics in Education.
Television aesthetics is the study of the compositional principles pertinent to the television medium in which basic elements of the television picture such as light, color, framing, space, time, motion, editing, sound, etc. are examined in relation to the finished product, the television program. The major areas covered by television aesthetics are perception, cognition, and composition. Any analysis of the content or message of educational television programs should consider criteria concerning the content or message, the medium or form, and the impact or effect on the audience. Although these criteria help to describe and analyze the programs as educational television formats, they do not reveal much about the artistic value, the aesthetics of the particular program. Television aesthetics can show the perceptual, cognitive, and compositional factors that unify, harmonize, and balance the visual and auditory elements into an aesthetically pleasing program. When used systematically, these aesthetic principles of television directly improve the quality of educational programs. The understanding and application of the aesthetic principles governing the medium of television--as established by the field of television aesthetics--will result in the development of more progressive, artistic, challenging, and sophisticated educational programs and, in the long run, will improve the field of educational technology. (A diagram of the steps in an aesthetic analysis of educational television programs and 33 references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Television Aesthetics; Television Criticism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Broadcast Education Association (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-15, 1991).