Though originally derived for entertainment purpose, radio is now being widely utilized for education. R.J. Raymond’s writes ‘Radio is the most significant medium for education in its broadest sense that has been introduced since the turn of the century. As a supplement to classroom teaching its possibilities are almost unlimited’.
By utilizing the rich educational and cultural offerings of radio, children and adults in communities, however remote have access to the best of the world’s store of E knowledge and art.
It means to scatter/spread over a wide surface/space at the same time. It serves as the important means for mass media.
Advantages by Early Childhood Education Certification:
- A radio broadcast may cover a subcontinent, a continent or the entire world. So knowledge can be spread in rural parts as good as urban crowds. Through Radio-Broadcast knowledge can be spread over wider space simultaneously at the same time.
- It saves the time of the teacher.
- It does not require electricity to operate.
- Radio is easily accessible. Low cost transistors have become a common place.
- Radio reflects on the spot current events running commentary or the proceedings of parliament sessions, a cricket or football game or some similar event have got an attraction of their own.
- It supplements classroom instruction and widens the general knowledge of the pupil and the teacher. It can be used for educative, informative and interest creating purposes. Example — Program on life in America would give clear picture of the type of life led by American people -their way of living, economic condition etc.
- It is a means of visualizing and correlating the material of text book.
- Language, speech, pronunciation can be improved through radio activities.
- It develops the sense of judgment and critical thinking. They help in broadening mental horizon.
- The information can be spread in a wider range at the same time.
- It is portable and cheapest.
- It saves time of the teacher.
- Many times it does not require electricity.
- Easy to operate.
- It updates or up to date knowledge can be provided to the students.
- It develops the imagination power of the students.
- It does not affect the eye sights of the students.
- It requires less space.
- It is not a flexible medium.
- The broadcast is a one way communication. You cannot stop the broadcaster and ask queries. Doubts cannot be clarified. Thus feedback cannot be provided.
- Radio broadcasts cannot look after the individual interest and differences. There is uniformity of treatment which is unpyschological.
- Class teacher has no control over the pace of development of a radio lesson.
- It is not possible to elaborate on any aspect of the lesson until it is over which may not be the best psychology moment.
- The success of a radio lesson may be seriously impaired by outside interruption at the receiving end.
- Proper selection of subjects is great consideration.
- In the most rural areas, normal perception conditions are very often poor.
- It requires a high degree of concentration on the part of the listener.