Master of Education - Research
Faculty of Education
Roberts, Jann, An investigation of the educational applications of interactive television, Master of Education - Research thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, 2013. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/3785
The research reported here is an investigation into the educational applications of interactive television (ITV). It was prompted by the need to address the problem of lack of engagement of learners in more “traditional” pen and paper learning environments. The report comprises a multiple case study, consisting of 2 cases of ITV production units, and one case of an ITV research institute. Socio-‐constructivist theories of learning, coupled with the theory of technological determinism, have provided the theoretical framework. The methodology is predominantly qualitative. Data collection methods include reading appropriate literature, observing ITV production units, and carrying out interviews. Eight participants were interviewed, including ITV practitioners, ITV researchers, and experts in the field of education delivery using technology. Unique characteristics and affordances of ITV have been explored, and documented. Results indicate that ITV is a potentially useful technology for the purpose of delivering engaging educational experiences. Implications include the need for teachers to be adequately trained in the use of ITV technologies, in order to facilitate use, and that funding is a potential obstacle to the implementation of ITV in educational settings. A key objective of the current study, to provide a list of guidelines for the design and development of ITV applications and programs, has been met in the final chapter.