ERIC Number: ED322894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Interactive Radio Instruction. Confronting Crisis in Basic Education. A.I.D. Science and Technology in Development Series.
Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) is a powerful, innovative methodology for teaching that provides an instructional template for the improvement of primary education in developing nations. Due to the low cost of radio technology and the prevalence of its use in economically deprived areas, IRI has proved successful in addressing four issues in basic education: relevance, equity, access, and effectiveness. IRI provides its audience with high quality standardized instruction and successfully teaches literacy and numeracy to children marginalized by poverty and geographic isolation. The effectiveness of the model depends on its systematic instructional design, which incorporates: (1) intensive daily lessons in the core curriculum; (2) continuous interaction between the learner and the radio teacher or teachers; (3) immediate reinforcement or correction of student responses; (4) a segmented program format allowing repeated exposure to new topics; and (5) a system of formative and summative evaluation. The successful development and implementation of a radio mathematics curriculum in Nicaragua, and a radio language arts curriculum in Kenya and the Dominican Republic set the stage for further development of IRI programs in other countries. (44 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic; Kenya; Nicaragua
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A