TALC Flannelgraph; teaching aid, Hertfordshire, England, 1992
Basic information such as age, height and weight were plotted upon growth charts produced by the charity Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC) (see 1992-891). This TALC child health flannelgraph helped health workers understand just how to do this. The flannelgraph was for use in the developing world and is deliberately ‘low tech’. It is made of a flannel-like cloth textile which sticks to most surfaces and requires no special teaching equipment. It came with a sheet of symbols which represent months of the year and ages. These would then be cut out and stuck upon the graph during teaching demonstrations for community groups, such as local mothers. Monitoring a child’s growth rate is one way of highlighting malnutrition and diagnosing the presence of disease. Professor David Morley founded TALC in 1965. It was a response to overseas students requesting teaching materials they could use back in their own countries.
Glossary: teaching aid
A tool used by teachers, facilitators, or tutors to help learners improve reading and other skills,or to illustrate or reinforce a skill, fact, or idea. They can often combat anxiety or boredom, as many teaching aids are like games.
Glossary: chart - graphic document
A tabular or graphic representation of a fluctuating or dependent variable, such as magnitude, temperature, cost, etc.
The branch of medicine dealing with the medical care of children, infants and adolescents. The patient age limit is usually 14-18, depending on the country. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a paediatrician.