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Education in the ether: A historical study of “The Alberta School Broadcasts”; circa 1929–1959

, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, United States

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale . Awarded


This dissertation analyzes the Alberta School Broadcasts (ASB) to reveal history and character of the principal school broadcasting agency in the community of the Province of Alberta, Canada. The dissertation notes the first school broadcast in Alberta on Empire Day 1929, the first legislative committee recommendation concerning use of radio for education in 1935, the founding of regular ASB broadcasts in 1939 by the Alberta Department of Education, and growth of the ASB to 1959.

The period studied is when the ASB used radio to deliver educational curriculum materials to Alberta's students. The study includes a legal precis about broadcasting for Canada generally and the ASB in particular because of the unique standing of jurisdictions for broadcasting and education in Canada. Canada's founding legislation, “The British North America Act of 1867” (BNA) established Canada's parliamentary rule over anything not specifically given over to Canada's provinces. The Supreme Court of Canada in 1931 upheld by the Privy Council in 1932 ruled the federal government had jurisdiction over broadcasting. Education, however, went to the provinces under BNA stipulations.

Literature about Canada's broadcasting reveals little about educational broadcasting. Literature about educational broadcasting reveals that it is often produced and distributed under conditions related to community development activities. The dissertation, a radio era history of “The Alberta School Broadcasts,” provides insight into the role of such agencies in the community, and corrects some inaccuracies in some academic works that touch briefly on educational broadcasting in Canada.


Stotyn, R.I. Education in the ether: A historical study of “The Alberta School Broadcasts”; circa 1929–1959. Ph.D. thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Retrieved July 29, 2021 from .

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