ERIC Number: ED163975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Technology in Nonformal Education: A Critical Appraisal. Issues in Nonformal Education No. 2.
Evans, David R.
In analyzing efforts to utilize technology in nonformal education programs, the applied communications aspects of instructional technology are most relevant, and locus of control and the technology of educational organization are two major components of analysis. Growing out of these components is the increasing recognition that educational enterprises must become involved in a restructuring of the relationship between education and the setting in which learning is applied, ultimately indicating that organizational technology, and not communication technology, is the dominant concern. The types of educational technology which have been applied to nonformal educational programs can be grouped into four major categories: large scale communications media, small scale communications media, small group instructional technology, and folk media. Broadcast television and radio are the major focus of large scale communications media, while visual media (film and videotape) and audio media (simple cassette recorders) are central to small scale communications media. In evaluation of small group instructional technology, the emphasis is on the distribution of messages utilizing materials which stimulate dialogue among learners and illustrate situations, points, contradictions, and issues. Unlike the others, folk media in nonformal education is a new and relatively undeveloped potential. (JEG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.