ERIC Number: ED249791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Interactive Radio in the Classroom: Ten Years of Proven Success.
Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau of Science and Technology.
Research on the role of educational radio in the classroom sponsored by the Agency for International Development over a ten-year period in Nicaragua, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic is reviewed. An introductory section outlines the reasons for using radio for instructional purposes: (1) it is widespread and democratic; (2) serious radio use is still a novelty in most classrooms; (3) it can entertain and teach simultaneously; (4) it can establish a uniform standard of excellence; (5) it can use the best educational methods; (6) it is cost-effective; and (7) it is familiar technology. Four landmark programs are described, including a primary level radio mathematics project in Nicaragua, a five-year language arts project in Kenya, a Dominican Republic basic education program for out-of-school children aged 7 to 14, and a yet-to-be implemented science project. Lessons learned from past experience with instructional radio are examined, and include the potential for its use, how children learn with it, techniques and advantages of intensive use, the need to stimulate pupil participation and immediate feedback, the advantage of using distributed learning principles and devoting each lesson to a variety of topics, enhancing the role of teachers and parents, the availability of low cost instructional aids, and the reliability of equipment. (MSE)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Classroom Techniques, Costs, Developing Nations, Educational Radio, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Learning Processes, Mathematics, Media Selection, Parent Role, Program Descriptions, Science Instruction, Teacher Role, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau of Science and Technology.
Identifiers: Dominican Republic; Kenya; Nicaragua