Signo y Pensamiento
Print version ISSN 0120-4823
MARIN ARDILA, LUIS FERNANDO. On Research Work in Communication Departments. Signo pensam. [online]. 2010, vol.29, n.57, pp. 488-494. ISSN 0120-4823.
The gathering of multiple individuals dealing with different knowledge subject matters constitutes an enormous potential for any university. If this encounter is really translated into a lively academic community, the manifest result would be a condition of possibility whereby knowledge and information can be created, recreated, and given new meanings. Thus, research on or within communication, is in urgent need of links and shared languages: research requires reducing dispersion and facilitating conversation, dialogue, socialization, and publications. A project, i.e., a clear research line and program, requires an educational environment where to be and to talk together foster the emergence of dissent and consensus, of new theories and sciences. Still, in the context of universities and higher education, research is not only a question of what and how, it is also a question of why do we do research for. The latter assertion is crucial in order for a university to really become a proper place of higher education, particularly in times when it is the market 'place who makes most demands from the university, thus the need to offer a type of teaching and research work that does not confine itself to attend immediate current economic forces and trends, usually with short-term needs in mind and a devotion for competitiveness in the mere interests of profitability
Keywords : research; communication; education; academic community; meaning platforms; Research in communication; Virtual community; Education; high; comunicación; pedagogía; comunidad académica.