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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Early childhood television in Australia

Patricia Edgar
Media expert Patricia Edgar describes issues surrounding her past efforts to set up an early childhood program for television. In doing so, she takes up themes from a keynote presentation by Professor Howard Gardner to the recent Future Minds Forum in Melbourne. She argues that television for children worldwide has become a negative force, delivering programs ‘of inconsequence with a commercial purpose’. She calls for an integrated approach to education, health and communication policy for children: current education policy 'does not deal with the media. I think it must, for the negative and powerful influence of the media in a free-market economy is too overpowering for parents and educators to contend with’.

Subject Headings

Television in education
Mass media