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Teaching And Learning Using Locally Available Resources (TALULAR)
The lack of teaching and learning resources in schools, especially those in developing countries, has made it essential to have a term which describes how teachers (and learners) can make the best use of locally available resources. Talular proposes that we make the best possible use of the things around the classroom, before lamenting that teaching and learning cannot take place because there are 'no resources'. The term provides a title for this often neglected educational discipline.
Talular, is what good teachers everywhere have been doing for tens of thousands of years. If for example, teachers and learners do not have a specific commercially-produced classroom resource they could ask; "Is there a talular-alternative?" The process of designing and developing a talular-alternative usually proves educationally enriching.
Many teachers familiar with talular advocate a radical change in the way we view and utilize our locally available resources, in order to move closer to sustainable development which provides quality education for all. Talular teachers work to collect, test, develop, illustrate and share ideas and activities, from around the world, which focus on Teaching And Learning Using Locally Available Resources.
The term talular was first coined in 1994, it belongs to everyone, so feel free to use it wherever it seems appropriate.