A research team from SAS has designed a more transactional model of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) that can be useful for teaching basic literacy and numeracy in societies recovering from violent conflicts.
The research team, made up of the Chair of Communications and Multimedia Design, Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, and two AUN alumnae Kenechukwu Nwagbo and Zamiyat Abubakar, suggests that the new Transactional Radio Instruction (TRI) model can be used in crisis and post-conflict societies where there are no schools or trained teachers.
Their work, “Where there is no school: Rethinking Interactive Radio Instruction in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies,” was presented recently at the maiden edition of ‘Media Futures’ – a roundtable discussion on contemporary media issues, organized by SAS Research Seminar Series.
Drawing on behavioral and communication models, mainly the works of Albert Bandura and Marshal McLuhan, the team argued that learning takes place in a social context and that the medium of instruction is in itself a symbolic learning environment. It must necessarily aim to replicate the real-life learning environment, including the many social problems, taboos, beliefs, and persons who interact and interfere daily with learning.