ERIC Number: ED333518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Communication Studies in Australia: A Statistical Study of Teachers, Students and Courses in Australian Tertiary Institutions. Policy and Research Report No. 1.
Molloy, Bruce; Lennie, June
A study, the first comprehensive survey of its kind in Australia, gathered information on the state of Communication Studies in tertiary institutions in Australia. Conducted in May-June 1990, the study received 48 responses from 33 institutions (a 72% return rate). Extensive results included that: (1) of approximately 600 full-time staff teaching Communication Studies, 68% are male and 32% are female; (2) over 26,000 undergraduate students are studying in the field, with most (76%) taking Bachelor of Arts courses; (3) there are more than 1400 postgraduate students with 64% undertaking a graduate diploma; and (4) student numbers have increased substantially since 1988, particularly at postgraduate levels. Further, more than 50 subjects were identified as being located within Communication Studies, and were arranged into seven major subject categories for more detailed analysis. Findings suggest that Communication Studies in Australia is a large and rapidly expanding field of study in terms of student numbers and institutions offering courses, with a wide variety of subject areas offered, high student demand for courses, and a potential oversupply of graduates in certain areas, such as journalism. Recommendations for further study are included. (Eight figures and 11 tables of data are included. Appendixes include lists of contacts and courses, responding and non-responding institutions, subject areas, eight tables of data on numbers of students, and the survey questionnaire.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Univ. of Technology, Brisbane (Australia). Communication Centre.
Identifiers: Applied Communication; Australia; Media Courses; Speech Communication Education