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Let the silent neighbor speak: Exploring BCC


 Action research - Let the silentneighbor speak:exploring BCC
 [Mr. Bao-chia Wu (teacher)]


        Finding the topic wasnˇ¦t as hard as imagined; all we did was gathering the children to participate, decided on conversation structure, allowing children to ask almost naïve questions; after repeated organizing, we had our direction for the project. BCC Fengyuan Relay Station and Wun De Elementary School have been neighbors for many years. Driving from bottom of Yuanlin and Chaotun slowly to the top following county highway 139, one will see the red and white towers marking the location without geting a glimpse of Wun De Elementary School. It seemed like the children could reach the station and even the ripple-like radio waves just over the wall ˇV outside of the windows. However, being so close did not make it so familiar. ˇ§Why is the BCC station here?ˇ¨, ˇ§How is sound transmitted through the scary-looking machines?ˇ¨, ˇ§How is the crisp and resonant voice on the radio created?ˇ¨ Different questions were popping up during the afternoon discussion. No matter how well the teacher explained it, there was alwas a gap in understanding and the children could grasp most of it but with too many imagined details and empty comparisons. The sad part is that after the teacher tiringly lectured endlessly, he or she could still see enough faces with puzzled expression in the crowd.

       The children asked: ˇ§Why not take us to BCC to understand it and learn about broadcasting?ˇ¨ That was the initiative we needed to break our habit of hoarding the knowledge during the process of its communication. Not only we found the topic for the research, but utilizing words such as ˇ§bringingˇ¨ and ˇ§go to understandˇ¨, we discussed and created the primitive structure of the research.
 With some guidance, the children went online and found the series on the Principals of broadcasting, and in term, they discovered there was a museum concerning the history of broadcasting in Minhsiung, Chiayi. At the same time, the other group decided to list the broadcasting machine rooms at Fenyuan Station, BCC Hakka Network (Taichung City) and Taipei BCC as their priority for research.
As the ˇ§guidance teachersˇ¨ assisting with the research, we learned once more from the students. The character involvement of both the researcher and the participants in the research are actually highlighted under the direction of ˇ§nature-basedˇ¨ in qualitative research. The difference of power and careful attitude during the production of sensitive knowledge is demonstrated further in the example thinking in action research (Patton 1998). When the teacher is willing to give more power of control to the children, he and the children become closer to the spirit of ˇ§critical empiricismˇ¨ ˇV admitting the children and the teacher have different ˇ§envelope sensationˇ¨, but both have the right to perform dissertation (Pan, 2003). This research was evolved and implemented under this spirit.

        In conclusion, the purpose of this research is helping the children to understand the local speciality industry ˇV (BCC), under the influence of ˇ§environmental awareness and to have a full comprehension of the humanity and culture in ˇ§Wunde-Dachuˇ¨ area. During this process the children are able to: 1. Understand the principal of broadcasting. 2. Transmission of broadcasting. 3 the process of program production and important people in broadcasting. Collectively, the process gives BCC, our silent neighbor, a voice and in term, the children can become the primary explorer knowledge and the receipient.

Patton, M.Q. (1998).Qualitative evaluation and research methods (trans. by Wu, C.Y., Li, F.R.).Taipei: Laureate Publishing.
Pan, S.M. (2000). Qualitative research theory and application.Taipei: Psychology Publishing.

BCC Chuanghua Fengyuan Station, the neighbor of Wun De Elementary School for 36 years    Let the silent neighbor speak: Exploring BCC