Conventional textbooks have had a rather unique and dominant role as an educational resource in school, containing the essential information that is described in the curriculums. This exclusive role of textbooks as a traditional tool in education is rapidly changing. The emergence of new media, digital learning, and the use of media products designed for educational purposes are reshaping the way we facilitate teaching in classrooms. These new opportunities provide teachers with a vastly broader range of educational resources and an almost infinite ocean of information.
As a defined and delimited island in this big ocean, we find NRK Skole and TV2 Skole as two agents in the field. Their products are specially designed and targeted for educational purposes. Recent research has documented an “increased dependence on media” in religious education, and a “strong correspondence between religion in the mass media and the classroom [with] significant correlation in what issues are selected, and notable similarity in the way they are presented.” These findings refer to the general use of media in school. Based on the standards required from The Educational Act and the curriculum regarding representation and diversity, our thesis investigates whether the media products produced for educational purposes meets the standards required.
Cand.theol., MF, 1997