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Interactive Practices on Educational Radio

From Australia to Turkey

Fırat Tufan

The main objective of this book is to propose a new interactive educational radio model for Turkey. Thus, six educational, community and university-based radio stations in Australia were researched. In terms of representing the entire country and all educational radio broadcasting practices, samples were selected from different structures and cities of Australia. After obtaining required data in the participant observation process, in-depth interviews with radio representatives were carried out. It was questioned, what the basic factors of effective educational radio stations are, how today's broadcasting technologies affect the relationship between radio and its audience and how interpersonal communication process reflects new radio broadcasting practices.

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11 Method

Within the scope of this study, the educational-based radio stations of Australia, which is considered as one of the leading countries in distance education in the world and distance education by radio in particular (see Hedberg and McNamara, 2002: 111, Evans, 1995), were examined. After sufficient preliminary data had been obtained in the participant observation process, in-depth interviews with radio representatives were conducted. The representatives were questioned with the questions of how modern broadcasting technologies affect the relationship between radio and listener, how interpersonal communication processes are captured in new radio practices, and how modern interactive practices affect the educational function of radio as a distance education tool from past to present in Australia (see School of the Air).

The research was carried out in six educational-based radio stations of Australia. Among them are the 2NUR, 2SER, SURG, 3RRR, Curtin, and 3CR. The research was performed by participant observation and in-depth interview methods. The radio stations examined as samples have different representative characteristics. 2SER is a community radio station that has an educational license that operates within the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University, 2NUR is a community radio station that has a general license that operates within the University of Newcastle, 3RRR from Melbourne is a community radio station that has an educational license, 3CR from Melbourne is a community radio station that has a general license, Curtin is a community radio station that has an educational license that operates within the...

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