Interactive Television in Schools: An Australian Study of the Tensions of Educational Technology and Change

  • Terry Evans
  • Elizabeth Stacey
  • Karen Tregenza
Keywords: interactive television, narrowcast ITV, ITV


This paper outlines some key issues that arose from several projects that investigated the use of interactive television in schooling. In this paper we draw on these projects, to illustrate and discuss how a (then) new form of distance education -- satellite-based, narrowcast ITV -- was designated for use in primary (elementary) and secondary (high school) classroom settings, how it was implemented, and how it collapsed as an endeavour. Issues raised by students, teachers and administrators are related to each to illustrate how ITV slowly declined over several years, despite its usefulness for some and strong support from those involved.

Author Biographies

Terry Evans
Terry Evans is Director of Research in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, where he also teaches and supervises postgraduate students. His recent research is in the fields of open, flexible and distance education, including work on professional and vocational education and training, internationalisation, new educational technologies and postgraduate pedagogy.
Elizabeth Stacey
Dr Elizabeth Stacey is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education teaching at Deakin University’s Melbourne Campus. She teaches and coordinates postgraduate Open and Distance Education courses and supervises postgraduate students researching flexible learning and computer and communication technologies. She researches the use of interactive technologies, particularly audiographics, interactive television and computer conferencing.
Karen Tregenza
Karen Tregenza is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Geelong. She has assisted on a broad range of research projects including work on vocational education and training in secondary schools, youth, marketisation of schools, health and physical education, new technologies and internationalisation projects.
How to Cite
Evans, T., Stacey, E., & Tregenza, K. (2001). Interactive Television in Schools: An Australian Study of the Tensions of Educational Technology and Change. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2(1).
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