The future of communication theory and research

Michael Beatty, Paola Pascual-Ferra

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In this chapter, the authors identify current issues in communication research and theory that merit attention. Increased specialization, a commitment to intersubjectivity of meaning and rigor, the need to examine extant theories and further develop those that can be applied to help solve practical problems, and refining methodological issues, measurement in particular, should be key concerns among researchers interested in advancing our growing discipline. The authors argue that more powerful theories are needed in order to effectively address practical problems in communication; in turn, improving theoretical precision will require the use of improved research methods, especially regarding measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAn Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research, Third Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781351358712
ISBN (Print)9781138561441
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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