Training in communication and development in Papua New Guinea : assessing the impact of a new approach at Divine Word University

Watson, Amanda H. A. (2005) Training in communication and development in Papua New Guinea : assessing the impact of a new approach at Divine Word University. In Journalism Education Association Conference : "Journalism and the Public", 29 November - 2 December 2005, Gold Coast, Queensland.


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Up until recently, the training provided by the Communication Arts Department at Divine Word University was practical and vocational, focusing on media reporting, and neglecting any examination of communication for development. There was, therefore, a need to incorporate the paradigm of communication for sustainable development into the curriculum. If good practice is instilled amongst students at the training level, then this may evolve into positive development outcomes for Papua New Guinea.

This paper follows on from previous research into the curriculum of the Communication Arts Department at Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea. This prior research determined a need for a stronger academic component of the courses offered, and more emphasis on development and communication issues.

A detailed case study will explore the implementation of a course on communication and development for degree students. This course is the central theoretical module in a new academic strand that focuses on development and the wider context of knowledge building and critical thinking in communication training. The paper will assess the course's impact on the attitudes of students, with regard to development, and future career paths.

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ID Code: 14386
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Communication education, higher education, journalism training
ISBN: 1920952551
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 06:49

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