The Peace Corps Volunteer and Achieving Educational Change with New Media.

by George A. Comstock


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A description of the Peace Corps educational television (ETV) project in Bogota, Colombia, 1964-1966. The volunteer became the mediator between advanced technology and a developing society. Public elementary schools received 30-60 minute/week broadcasts of ETV. The project goals, now accomplished, were to introduce ETV as an educational tool, to develop televised curricula, to expand the project throughout Colombia, and to promote Colombian self-sufficiency. The volunteers, nonteaching, served three areas: utilization, production, and installation/maintenance. The utilization volunteers were especially valuable, dealing with problems at the point of reception, the physical capabilities of the school, the organizational hierarchy, teachers' schedules, transmission difficulties, power failures, etc. Thus placed on the scene of ETV reception, the volunteer meant the difference between education received and an empty show. 25 pp.

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