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Dan Li

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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Richard W. Lee


A detailed examination and description of the use of radio and television media in distance teaching or distance education in China will be the major focus of this study. An overview of the other specific areas of needs such as the distance education in other countries, the educational system and the broadcasting system in China will also be illustrated to support the main body of the study. This paper will identify: (1) Why and how the broadcast media can help to solve the problems related to education and development of China within the framework of Chinese culture, and under the present political, economic and social structures. (2) How the radio and television media can better relate to the current social and technological needs of the people of China. (3) What kind of education services are available. What programs and materials exist and to what extent do broadcast media contribute to education and training, and thus to economic and national development. (4) What is being planned. How do the Chinese government and education and broadcasting institutions propose to increase and to improve existing facilities and services, and to develop broadcasting programs. In order to answer these questions the author will describe the specific needs of the Chinese people after the "cultural revolution" and how the government met their needs. Wilbur Schramm (1973 and 1977) identified these specific needs as the following: the use of mass media for education, literacy and fundamental education, adult education, community development, health science and agriculture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Television in education -- China
Radio in education -- China
Distance education -- China




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