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ERIC Number: ED318477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Integrated Resource Centre as a Developmental Agent.
Van Zijl, Philip
This paper advocates the introduction of integrated resource centers in the developing sectors of South Africa as a means for creating technologically and media-literate generations in the Post-Apartheid Era. These centers would offer opportunities for students to utilize educational media in all formats, thereby reducing the resistance to technology that arises from a lack of acquaintance with and confidence in modern technologies. It is suggested that academic support units in schools coordinate and cooperate with each other and share their resources and the resultant costs. The resource center is presented as having two components: (1) the library component, which is responsible for the acquisition of materials, the provision of technical services, media utilization, and information services; and (2) the educational technology component, which is responsible for educational staff and student development, media production, purchasing of hardware, maintenance and repairs, booking, circulation, and rental. The unique needs of South African students are discussed, and the benefits offered by resource centers to these students are assessed. The economic viability of implementing integrated resource centers that provide access to all media is examined, and the principles of resource center staffing and administration are noted. (11 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa