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Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education

Little, Janine 2006, Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education, Australian studies in journalism, vol. 17, pp. 90-103.

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Title Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education
Author(s) Little, Janine
Journal name Australian studies in journalism
Volume number 17
Start page 90
End page 103
Total pages 14
Publisher University of Queensland
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1038-6130
Summary Claims from both educational and industry sides about what journalism students should be learning are not new, and not confined to Australia. European debates on the nexus between practical training and theoretical capacity extend to those by American journalism educators, who share concerns about how journalism schools can accommodate both theory and practice (Adam 2001; Bjork 1996; Bromley & Servaes 2006; Dickenson & Brandon 2000; O’Donnell 2001-02; Rosenbaum 2002; Ricketson 2005). These discussions merge coherently with initiatives undertaken by Australian universities to ensure graduates from any discipline are equipped with a set of measurable skills (or attributes)appropriate to the international context of higher education. The paper explores this tension through the lens of assessment in journalism education, and does so by drawing mostly upon education theory. It suggests some possible ways to cater for media industry pressure on universities to cut theory and concentrate on practice, while accounting for the educator’s responsibility to promote learning in line with graduate attributes such as the capacity to function as a global citizen, a capacity for critical evaluation, and a deep knowledge of the field of study.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025779

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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