Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

The theme of the article “Teaching Communication Theory at European and Latin American Universities” is of interest due to its contribution to a line of studies poorly developed.

Based on a quantitative methodology, using the Internet, the researchers obtained results that outline the trends and projections of the teaching of communication theories in major European and Latin American universities.

The bibliographic references used as a basis for the development of the study are relevant and current, especially considering the scarcity of references on the subject.

The structure of the article is coherent, contains each of the sections of a scientific text, and the wording is correct. Recommended for publication.– Blanca Chong Lee, Ph.D. - Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico.

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This is an article of great interest that starts with the demonstration of a contradiction: we know how to communicate without "knowing" about communication. The author correctly points out that the European reflection about teaching (the EHEA) in this field ignores Latin America.

The article extracts data related to Latin America from a survey applied to more than 40 countries and 220 universities. While the questionnaire described seems very well designed, the way in which the contacts were established and the answering methods do not allow us to regard the sample as a representative. Still, as the author acknowledged it, it is certainly a “significant” sample given the amount of responses.

The article presents a “snapshot” of great interest but is partial and is difficult to know how much it is lacking to achieve representativeness.

It is particularly interesting to discover the main similarities and differences between Latin America, Spain and the rest of Europe, which could lead to a reflection among the professors teaching these subjects about their own choices and, perhaps, it may mean a contribution to the EHEA, at least in this specific field.
Hopefully, as the authors themselves point out, this work will also serve to encourage and give more presence to the theoretical studies of communication in the new designs of higher education.– Raymond Colle, Ph.D. - Santiago de Chile.

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