Radio in the Science Classroom
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This chapter examined the use of the radio in the science classroom from the 1920s through the 1940s. The two patterns of implementation were found to be common in science education. The approach used in Wisconsin exemplified a state level approach, in which instruction was developed and broadcast to serve the needs of the entire state. The school district of Rochester, New York developed a similar approach, but on a level that served the needs of a single district, and on occasion, the school surrounding the city of Rochester.
In both cases examined, significant improvements in student learning were achieved in classrooms that made use of the radio-based science lessons. By the end of the 1940s, however, science instruction using a broadcasting approach had move from the radio studio to the television studio. The next chapter will examine the role of television in the science classroom.
KeywordsScience Instruction Science Classroom Science Lesson Radio Broadcast Instructional Tool
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