ERIC Number: ED228837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Intensive Use of Radio for Teaching English in Kenyan Rural Primary Schools. Exploring a Cost-Effective Application of Educational Technology.
Christensen, Philip R.; Mugiri, Ephantus M.
Instructional radio is a relatively low cost technology which can deliver effective educational programs to any school capable of receiving broadcasts, however remote the school might be. This paper explores the Radio Language Arts Project (RLAP), an application of instructional radio technology to the teaching of English as a foreign language. The advantages and disadvantages of the use of radio in education are noted, and successful realizations of radio's potential in Kenya and Nicaragua are described. The subject matter, English, is analyzed from the perspective of the Kenyan curriculum and the radio medium. The most significant instructional design principles used by the RLAP are enumerated. These are: more intensive use of radio and for longer periods, cost control, systematic instructional development, provision for distributed learning and immediate reinforcement, and the teacher/radio partnership. Finally, the formative and summative evaluation strategies for the RLAP are described and the project's implications are considered. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Kenya; Radio Language Arts Project (Kenya)
Note: Paper presented at the UNESCO/BREDA International Seminar on the Use of Appropriate Technologies in Education (Nairobi, Kenya, March 21-26, 1983).