Perceptions of Australian public relations education, 1985-1999

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This article investigates perceptions of Australian public relations education during a period of significant growth. It analyses in-depth interviews with 14 practitioners and educators in conjunction with Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) archives. Four themes emerged from the analysis: education, professionalisation and gender; theory and practice; developing academic legitimacy and practitioner perspectives in the curriculum. Participants understood education within a professional narrative, that is, as offering a way of establishing Australian public relations as a distinct field of expertise and confirming its professional status. The findings offer new insights into the development of Australian public relations education as it became established as a popular course of study and the role of PRIA in the constitution and transmission of public relations knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-291
Number of pages21
JournalPublic Relations Inquiry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Education
  • History
  • Professional association
  • Public relations

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