The eventful genesis of educational media

Wim Westera

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    This paper is a reflection on the history and future of educational media. Over the last century various new media technologies were introduced in education. Most of these failed to meet the high expectations. The paper reviews the rise and fall of various “revolutionary” learning media and analyses what went wrong. Three main driving factors are identified that influence the educational system: 1) educational practice, 2) educational research, and 3) educational technologies. The role and position of these factors is elaborated and critically reviewed. The paper concludes with identifying a number of relevant developments that substantiate a favourable future outlook of media for learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-360
    Number of pages16
    JournalEducation and Information Technologies
    Issue number3
    Early online date21 May 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • media
    • learning
    • technology
    • history
    • education
    • innovation
    • adoption
    • change
    • research
    • practice
    • computer


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