Book: Media Education in Latin America

Edited by Julio-César Mateus, Pablo Andrada & Maria-Teresa Quiroz. The book is part of Routledge’s new Research in Media Literacy and Education series.

About the book

This book offers the first systematic study of media education in Latin America. As spending on technological infrastructure in the region increases exponentially for educational purposes, this book makes a timely contribution to new debates surrounding the significance of media literacy as a citizen’s right. Taking both a topical and country-based approach, authors from across Latin America present a comprehensive perspective of the region and address issues such as the political and social contexts in which media education is based, the current state of educational policies with respect to media, organizations and experiences that promote media education.

Book structure

The book is divided into three parts. The first one introduces the history of media education in the region –best known as educommunication–, followed by a regional cross-comparison analysis. In the second part, each chapter is dedicated to a country, applying a methodology of qualitative analysis. Finally, the third part will contain essays that provide a critical and original perspective on the topic, written by a renowned expert.

The authors


  • Julio-César Mateus, PhD, is a Professor of the University of Lima and the Pontifical Catholic University, in Peru. 
  • Pablo Andrada, PhD, is a Scholar of the National Commission of Science and Technology of Chile, Conicyt.
  • María-Teresa Quiroz, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Lima, former dean of the Communication School and Director of the Institute of Scientific Research. Past-president of the Latin American Federation of Social Communication Schools (FELAFACS).

National chapters (Part 2)

Argentina: Balance and Perspectives of a Field under Construction

  • Martino, Bettina. The National University of Cuyo.
  • Caissón, Silvana. The National University of Cuyo.

Bolivia: Some advances and the need for comprehensive proposals

  • Zeballos, Rene, Ph.D. Bolivian Catholic University, and the Higher University of San Andrés.

Brazil: dilemmas, limits and possibilities

  • Fantin, Monica, Ph.D. Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)

Chile: a digital leap that abandoned the
study of media

  • Andrada, Pablo. Pompeu Fabra University
  • Cabalín, Cristian. University of Chile
  • Condeza, Rayen. Pontifical University Catholic of Chile

Colombia: an inheritance with possibilities and challenges for the 21st century

  • Marín Ossa, Diego. Technological University of Pereira

Ecuador: Exploration and description of a latent need

  • Ugalde, Cecilia. Universidad del Azuay
  • González-Cabrera, Catalina. Universidad del Azuay

El Salvador: slow-paced footsteps on the way to media literacy

  • Marroquín, Amparo. Central American University José Simeón Cañas
  • Carballo, Willian. Mónica Herrera School of Communication
  • Chévez, Nelly.Central American University José Simeón Cañas

Mexico: for the formation of a critic citizenship

  • Flores Michel, Julieta. Autonomous University of Nuevo León
  • Gutiérrez Leyton, Alma Elena. Autonomous University of Nuevo León
  • Cavazos Salazar, Rosario Lucero. Autonomous University of Nuevo León

Peru: A field full of opportunities

  • Cano, Ana María. University of Lima
  • Nájar, Rosario. University of Lima

Uruguay: between a narrow digital gap and the persistence of an educational gap

  • Sánchez Vilela, Rosario. Catholic University of Uruguay.
  • Gadea, María Lucía. University of Uruguay
  • Rocha, María Laura. Catholic University of Uruguay

Venezuela: from frenzy to contradictions

  • Alvarado Miquilena, Morella. Central University of Venezuela.
  • Ranzolin, Alexandra. Central University of Venezuela.
  • Méndez Pardo, Cristina. Central University of Venezuela.

Critical Essays (Part 3)

  • De Oliveira Soares, Ismar (University of São Paulo, Brazil) Educommunication Landmarks in Latin America: what should be considered in the last 50 years
  • Morduchowicz, Roxana (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina). A New Literacy Concept.
  • Fuenzalida, Valerio (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile). Constructivist TV Reception in the children’s classroom.
  • Ferrés, Joan. (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain). A critique of the critical approach to Media Education.
  • Orozco, Guillermo & J. Manuel Corona (University of Guadalajara). Media Literacy in contemporary learning-based societies. Challenges for new ways of education within the big communicational change that citizens as audiences are experiencing
  • Hoechsmann, Michael (Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada). Tan lejos pero tan cerca: The missing link between media literacy and educomunicación.
  • Scolari, Carlos (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain). Transmedia literacy and participatory cultures: A research agenda
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