ERIC Number: ED218163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
A Multi-Purpose Instructional Approach: An Audio-Tutorial Short Course in International Conflict.
Duly, Leslie C.; Wadlow, Joan K.
This paper describes the audio-tutorial short course as a method for introducing high quality instruction about new problems in international studies (IS) at the college level. The basic equipment to the audio-tutorial approach to learning is a booth with a tape recorder, a study guide, and a notebook with extra readings. Students listen to the tape prepared by faculty from the fields of political science, history, and geography. The tape is supplemented by the readings. Throughout the course students prepare short written assignments. They take an oral test towards the end of the course and a written test upon its conclusion. The positive benefits of the audio-tutorial short course are three: (1) it offers an opportunity to introduce IS into general education (e.g., a 1-hour course on world food problems could be an optional additional hour to an introductory course on American government); (2) the course can be developed by faculty with a minimum investment of time and money; and (3) the institution or college can easily by using this instructional method improve the academic offerings. As an illustration of these benefits, the paper presents a case study describing the adaptation of this teaching method by Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Bemidji State offered no international relations (IR) courses and in terms of IR expertise its faculty was decidedly deficient. Faculty members were given summer stipends to develop prototypes of courses. An audio-tutorial course on conflict was introduced as a one-credit course. Of the 16 students in the course, 11 completed all the evaluation instruments. Evaluations were very positive; the only criticism was that the course was too short. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 1981).