ERIC Number: ED352871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-7
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Scholarship: Time for a Redefinition.
Flinders, Neil J.
This essay examines the nature of scholarship in today's higher education institutions and seeks to develop an inclusive and constructive definition. The paper argues that because modern academe has adopted a destructively narrow and often obscure definition of scholarship, we lack the clear approach necessary for curricular balance and constructive dialogue. In addition, it is argued, current scholarly tradition avoids critical self-evaluation. Looking for a way to redefine scholarship to reestablish a check and balance system, the paper suggests that there have been three scholarly traditions, the "faithful" scholarship concerned the human relation to God, the "rhetorical tradition" concerned with relations between and among human beings, and the "scientific" tradition that focuses on the "reality" of the natural world. The paper discusses the limits of scholarship in general, and examines each of the three traditions in some detail. Scholarship must be redefined if it is to contribute to clarifying contemporary moral confusion and the concept of scholarship itself must be recognized as a means and not an end. With such a view, admission of ignorance would be the most constructive dissent available to the academic community. Twenty-five notes are included. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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