Viewing, Listening and Learning: The use and impact of schools broadcasts

Caroline Sharp

01 May 1995

It is now over 70 years since the BBC began its broadcasts for schools. Today most schools use broadcasts, but why do they use them, and how do radio and TV programmes contribute to pupils' learning?

This report presents evidence on fundamental issues in educational broadcasting. The result of a wide-ranging research study, the report looks at the use and impact of educational broadcasts in UK primary and secondary schools.

Based on the results of a survey of over 1,500 teachers in more than 700 schools, the report provides comprehensive information on: which series are preferred, how broadcasts are integrated into the curriculum, and teachers' perceptions of what their pupils learn from the broadcasts.

To examine the impact of educational broadcasts on learning, the researchers studied pupils' reactions to selected broadcasts. This part of the research evaluated the effects of programme content and presentation on pupil attention, attitudes, and understanding.

The results of this research are discussed in the light of the existing research literature. The final chapter presents key findings and highlights their implications for teachers and programme makers.