ERIC Number: ED316180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Summative Evaluation of Two Educational Television Programmes, "The Edge" and "The Fortesque File".
Duby, Aliza; Louw, Wynand
This summative evaluation of two educational television programs, "The Edge" and "The Fortesque File," was based on a sample of "white" and "colored" classified respondents in the Greater Cape Town (South Africa) area. The two samples, which were divided into small panel groups of six to eight respondents each, were interviewed using both questionnaires and in-depth group discussions on different aspects of educational television and the programs under evaluation. "The Edge" is a film about welding, designed to address concerns about the shortage of adequately trained and qualified workers in the technical fields, and "The Fortesque File" is a series of 14 episodes dealing with salesmanship. In general, the respondents found the program titles misleading, were concerned about the lack of clear diction and good usage of English, and responded negatively to the late time slot occupied by the educational programming. In addition, the colored respondents were particularly sensitive to actions and portrayals which could be interpreted as racist. On the other hand, numerous incidents were seen by respondents as enhancing the entertainment value of the programs without detracting from their educational value. The text is supplemented by 41 tables, and three references are provided. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South African Broadcasting Corp., Johannesburg.
Identifiers - Location: South Africa