ERIC Number: ED222188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Textile Visual Materials: Appropriate Technology in Action.
Donoghue, Beverly Emerson
An innovative educational medium--screenprinted visual aids on cloth--is one alternative to conventional media in Africa, where visual materials are important communication tools but conventional media and materials are often scarce. A production process for cloth visual aids was developed and evaluated in Ghana and Sudan through the implementation of several experimental projects. Unlike paper and electric/electronic visual media, cloth is familiar and can be locally produced with unskilled labor. Results indicate a preference for this type of cloth-based visual aid over conventional paper ones, and printing was found to be economically feasible if done on a mass-production basis. Since 1972, economic and political stability in Ghana have deteriorated, producing a more urgent need for locally developed products. A feasibility study conducted in 1980 found cloth in short supply but need for visual materials large; however, for educational purposes, a supply of cloth could be provided. In Sudan, the development of textile visual aids is more advanced, with all materials needed locally available. The approach is significant in that, instead of transplanting a Western communications medium, the strategy takes advantage of local materials and resources. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ghana; Sudan; Textiles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Dallas, TX, May 1982).