ERIC Number: ED044933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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Instructional Radio: A Position Paper. A Series Two Paper from ERIC at Stanford.
Forsythe, Richard O.
Although educational radio has been part of the American scene for nearly half a century, it does not enjoy the governmental participation and national commitment that it receives in many other countries. The position of educational radio did improve with the advent of Frequency Modulation (FM) broadcasting, and today there are more than 450 educational radio stations. Radio offers education an ear to the world, timely information, emotional impact, and a sense of involvement. It is currently used for curriculum innovation, in-service teacher training, continuing professional education, community service, and vocational education. A systems approach to education has combined radio with other media: printed materials, filmstrips, television, and tape recordings. Other cooperative media approaches have been made possible by FM multiplex equipment. Experimental studies have indicated that radio is as effective in teaching as the "conventional methods," and that its lack of visual elements is not necessarily a drawback. While radio, like all mass media, lacks the reciprocity and flexibility found in interpersonal discourse, some of these difficulties have been alleviated by recent technical developments. Apathy and financing are still problems. Yet, in comparison with other media, radio is impressively economical. (MF)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Media and Technology.