ERIC Number: ED338294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Scholarship in the Community College. ERIC Digest.
Williams, Dana Nicole
The community college's mission as a teaching institution rather than a research institution has typically avoided placing scholarship in a central position. In 1988, the Commission on the Future of Community Colleges advocated a broad definition of scholarship encompassing the integration, application, and presentation of knowledge in the core activities of curriculum development, service, and teaching. One researcher defines scholarship as a "systematic pursuit of a topic," whereas research, which builds upon previous scholarly works and results in verifiable knowledge, empirical data, and replicable procedures, is only one form of scholarship. Many community college professionals do not engage in scholarship because conducting outside research means sacrificing teaching hours. In addition to lack of time, lack of support and encouragement from college leaders is another barrier. A third barrier to scholarship is an unwillingness among community college faculty to encroach upon what is seen as the domain of the university. Scholarship can be encouraged in a variety of ways. The mission or goals of the community college must be adjusted to include scholarship, with presidents and deans setting an example for their faculty. An effective reward system will also serve to inspire scholarship. ERIC documents offer advice and guidelines for community college professionals who are interested in being published. In addition, many state and professional associations and state agencies publish high-quality periodicals as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among their members or faculty members in their state. (JMC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests