Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education

Little, Janine (2006) Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education. Australian Studies in Journalism (17). pp. 90-103. ISSN 1038-6130


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting copyright advice.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism education, assessment, Australia
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies

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