Educational television, a popular form of mass media communication for didactic objectives, is the use of TV programs in order to teach the viewer. A distinction is usually made between educational television and instructional television: The first encompassing a vast latitude of broadcasting formats and the latter gaining its meaning from the specific and more formal use in teaching–learning situations (e.g., the classroom) as a part of an instructional program developed in an institutional context. This entry presents an overview of educational television history, including context, functions, and examples and then explores its impact.


In Europe, educational media content was already a part of the mission of the BBC (later, Corporation) when, in 1924, it started its national radio broadcasting to schools, allowing British citizens a ...

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