Audio Cassette in Teaching Environmental Education

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AUDIO CASSETTE IN TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Dr.R.Sivakumar
Abstract
The aim of this study was to find out the effectiveness of Audio Cassette in teaching Environmental Education. The sample consisted of 40 students in Control group and 40 students in Experimental group. The data were collected using appropriate tools and it was analyzed by t’ test. The finding is that the achievement scores of Experimental group Students were higher than the Control group Students. INTRODUCTION

This is the age of Science and Technology. Almost everything has undergone a change under the impact of Science. The teaching learning processes have also been affected by it. The classroom has to have it different shape in times to come. Learning depends upon the different type of equipment available in the classroom. Audio-Visual aids are of immense value in the teaching- learning process. They make the process lively and interesting and hence make it effective and better. In the absences of Audio-Visual aids the classroom will be considered traditional ones or the ones belonging to 19th century or early 20th century. Surely the classroom in the 20th century has to be modern from every angle. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lecturer, Department of Education, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Cuddalure, Tamil Nadu.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
In general, ‘Educational Technology’ refers to the application of scientific knowledge about learning and the conditions of learning to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and learning. Educational Technology has been viewed in terms of its two interactive components viz. Technology of Education and Technology in Education. Technology of education includes the systems approach to solve educational problems, through interactive strategies corresponding to the psychology of human learning leading to multi-media approach, the multi-sensory approach and individualization of instruction, which has to be an instrument of total quality education. Technology in education refers to the provision of hardware and hardware related software provide support to the instructional strategies. In general, it assumes that technology has the power to change the process of learning. Educational Technology is a revolution system to increase effectiveness and efficiency of teaching. The national council for education has defined educational technology as "The development, application and evaluation system, Techniques and Aids to improve the process of learning". In order to improve the effectiveness of the teaching process, we need to require learning materials, which are to be presented and developed in an effective manner to the learners.

AUDIO LEARNING
Listening is a two way process, involving the transmitter of a message, and a receiver who hears, interprets and understands this message. During the last two decades, the nature of the listening process, and its relation to learning, have been the topic of much research and investigation by educators, particularly in connection with the effectiveness of language recordings, school radio broadcasts, tapes and other devices.However, listening skills have to be developed in pupils first, before audio-learning can be meaningful and of value. Learning from auditory experience is more complex than one may realize. Our ears take in much more audible information from our environment at every moment, yet we do not “hear” all of the sensory impressions. There are certain steps involved in audio-learning. True audio-learning to be achieved, it is important for the pupil to become actively involved in the information itself, he must think about it, analyze its meaning, organize and reorganize its content elements into his existing frame of reference and where appropriate, act. If this degree...
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