Religious Education: What are the limitations of using a tape recorder in the teaching of Religious Education?

CHAPTER SIX

6a viii).Explain the limitations of using a tape recorder in the communication of Religious Education.

Limitations of using a tape recorder in R.E communication

A tape recorder has a number of disadvantages as a resource of teaching RE.

  1. The recorded programme lacks the visual image which is very necessary in the teaching of RE.

  2. The programme does not cater for individual differences.

  3. Communication is usually one-way from the presenter to the audience and not Vice-versa.

  4. Sometimes tape recorders are used to substitute the teacher although this should not be the case as the teacher is expected to guide the learners throughout the programme.

  5. Effectiveness of using the tape recorder depends on the listening skills of the learners, something which is beyond the teacher’s control as one cannot ascertain that the learners are really listening.

  6.   It is not effective in large classes as the sound may not reach all the students.

  7.   Not every school can afford to buy the machine and its accompaniments.

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