HomeIDEYA: Journal of Humanitiesvol. 2 no. 2 (2001)

Setting the Agenda for a New Communications Curriculum

Miguel Q. Rapatan

Discipline: Literature, Humanities



Today's various presentations on the state of different new media technologies pose questions of change to Communication educators and students. Perhaps the area that will need a radical re-visioning and re-languaging is the Communications curriculum, for the curriculum is the site of articulation of our views on the role of media today and the kind of training students should have in order to become effective communicators. In this paper, I will describe in a heuristic way the emerging dialectic in our discourse on Communication Education. This dialectic positions the specialist orientation on one end and a synergistic perspective on the other. Such a dialectic charts the trajectory of tension that schools will experience, especially at a time when in practically all the media we are moving from analog to digital forms.