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MARINA V. NEVSKAYA
The Russian State Social University
SCHOOLS OF THE AIR IN AUSTRALIA: THE MODERN DISTANT LEARNING PROTOTYPE
Abstract. In the first half of the twentieth century, characterized by the development of remote and sparsely populated areas, the governments of Canada, the USSR and Australia tested various educational models for the local population. Thus, the article is devoted to an analysis of the history and different types of schoolchildren’s education. Negative consequences are revealed in the early experience of boarding schools education, where upon the prerequisites for the introduction of the radio training system (which is still in demand today) and its development are analyzed. The author of the article, who was involved in the development of the social infrastructure in the regions of the Extreme North of Russia, shows the importance of a portable pedal radio with simplified input and receipt of information invented at that time. This invention made it possible to create an effective aviation medical infrastructure in remote areas of Australia, the development of which, in turn, led to the implementation of a revolutionary educational project—distance education of children in the School of the Air. The use of the latest technologies and techniques at each stage of development has ensured the high productivity and relevance of both those most important social services.
Keywords: distance learning, pedal radio, mantle of security, Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air.