Research in Science Education

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 352–354 | Cite as

Popularising science through television

  • B. K. Robertson
  • W. P. Palmer
Research Notes


Currently the 26 films in the Science Territory series have been shown to audiences who watch Channel 8 commercial television in the vicinity of Darwin. They are still being shown to audienc who watch Imparja Television. There are no plans at the moment to shown Science Territory for any extra time on either Channel 8 or Imparja, once the Imparja programmes are completes. There are plans however to develop materials to complement the programmes, which could be used in schools and there are also plans to repeat the success of Science Territory and to expand it on a national basis to a series of programmes to be called “Science Oz”.

This research note has described of the Scienc Territory project which has attempted to improve students' and parents' attitudes to science. It has alo attempted to explain how the issue of determining the effectiveness of the project has been addressed. Overall, Science Territory proved to be an interesting, exciting, successful and whorthwhile venture, particularly for the small scientific community of the Northern Territory. It also appears to be unique both in Australia and worldwide. There are therefore lessons that science educators can learn from this about new ways of improving students' attitudes to science.


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© Australasian Science Research Association 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. K. Robertson
    • 1
  • W. P. Palmer
    • 2
  1. 1.Northern Territory Department of EducationNorthern Territory UniversityCasuarina
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationNorthern Territory UniversityCasuarina

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