This book offers a history of the IBA's Educational Fellowship Scheme, and surveys and examines the work of over 70 ITA/IBA Fellows who, for a period of 17 years between 1967 and 1984, carried out research on educational broadcasting. The Fellowship Scheme was one of the few sustained programmes of published research on educational broadcasting ever undertaken in Britain. Some Fellowships were seminal and made a distinguished contribution, not only to the developing body of thought about educational television but, more broadly, to knowledge about the impact of television on society. The scheme provided a diverse group of teachers, broadcasters and scholars with a unique opportunity to examine the role of television in education. The range of subject matter touched on some of the key educational broadcasting concerns of the day including television in the primary school, media studies, community education, adult education, social action broadcasting, educational television in special schools, science teaching on television and pre-school programming.
The book sets the Fellowship in its historical context and discusses the evolution of the attitudes of teachers towards television - from the downright hostility, bigotry and fear of "Big Brother in the Corner", which characterized the 1950s, to the acceptance and, indeed, reliance on television in school and adult educational broadcasting in 1990. The author draws together information which previously has been scattered and difficult to locate. Against the background of the Government's Broadcasting Bill, she sums up the contribution made by the IBA and independent broadcasting to the education of the British adult and child over the past 35 years. This book should be of value to those interested in the history, and future survival, of educational broadcasting on ITV.