Critical reflections in the theory versus practice debates in communication for development training

Manyozo, L 2016, 'Critical reflections in the theory versus practice debates in communication for development training', MedieKultur:Journal of media and communication research, vol. 32, no. 61, pp. 116-134.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Critical reflections in the theory versus practice debates in communication for development training
Author(s) Manyozo, L
Year 2016
Journal name MedieKultur:Journal of media and communication research
Volume number 32
Issue number 61
Start page 116
End page 134
Total pages 19
Publisher Statsbiblioteket,State and University Library
Abstract Even though the cliche 'theory is practice' registers in most communication for development debates, available evidence seems to suggest there is a growing chasm between the theory and practice of communication for development. This discussion argues that, with the increasing demand by governments and organisations for communication for development specialists, universities and training providers should rethink their graduate curricula. As course content, teaching methodologies and theoretical paradigms are revisited, trainers need to grill students on how the contestation of power is central to the application of communication in development. Th is paper advances two arguments. The first is that communication for development training has to begin listening to the innovative thinking that is shaping practice on the ground if the curriculum is to stay relevant. The second is that such programmes have forge strong linkages with development studies departments to ensure that students are well-grounded in development theory and practice.
Subject International and Development Communication
Anthropology of Development
Communication Studies
Keyword(s) communication for development
social change
development
training
specialist
ISSN 1901-9726
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