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ERIC Number: ED310746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Similarities and Differences in Distance Education in Mexico and the U.S.
Stinehart, Kathleen
Both Mexico and the United States make use of communications technologies for distance education. In the United States, distance learning programs are plentiful. Most focus on a postsecondary level of learning and are planned and carried out by the individual sponsoring institution. A variety of technologies are used, including educational television and communications satellites. The television program "Sesame Street" has been used successfully with young children in both countries, although the Mexican version had to be translated into Spanish and adapted to reflect the cultural values of Mexican society. In Mexico, there are fewer distance education programs. Most that are or have been in use focus on literacy education, and are planned and funded by the government. Radio and television are the most prevalent technologies. Literacy programs for children have included Radioprimaria for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in rural schools; Telesecundaria for students who have not completed lower secondary (junior high) school; and the Program of Bilingual Radio Support, which teaches Spanish as a second language to monolingual indigenous children. Public television programming has been used successfully in mass media campaigns; and radio and some television have been used since 1965 for "Alphabetizacion," a major, national literacy program for adults. Nonformal radio projects which incorporate direct interaction with local people and give them the opportunity to appear on discussion programs have proved to be more successful with rural people than more formal formats. A 16-item annotated bibliography is provided. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States