ERIC Number: EJ818490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 34
The Promise and Failure of Educational Television in a Statewide System: Delaware, 1964-1971
Taggart, Robert J.
American Educational History Journal, v34 n1 p111-122 2007
For most of the 20th century, innovators promoted the use of technology to improve learning in schools. As Larry Cuban noted in "Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920" (1986), there has been no end to promises of how motion pictures, radio, and television would transform the learning process. In each case, some educators utilized the technology with enthusiasm. However, in every case, most educators resisted such innovation until it seemed to fade away. Such was true of the statewide instructional television system in Delaware, for which all the public schools became interconnected in 1965, only to have the system dismantled in 1971. In this article, the author states that the Delaware educational television (DETV) system failed because it did not fulfill its promises. The 1964 report listed six presumed benefits of a state-wide closed-circuit television network. Only one recommendation that suggested the use of the system by higher education occurred to any extent, and that was due to those institutions' initiative. Never did DETV succeed in being used to a broad extent by state agencies, adult education, civic or professional groups, nonpublic schools, or even in-service teacher training. As a result, there was no broad support for the retention of what legislators and many educators considered to be a narrow and expensive system.
Descriptors: Motion, Educational Technology, Educational Television, State Agencies, Television, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Delaware