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ERIC Number: EJ1093027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Transforming Liberal Arts Education through Engaged Scholarship
Heffner, Gail Gunst; Curry, Janel M.; Beversluis, Claudia D.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v11 n1 p119-132 2006
Public institutions of higher education have commonly accepted their responsibility to engage in community service in addition to research and teaching. Less attention, however, has been paid to the role of comprehensive liberal arts colleges in service to the community. This article describes how engaged scholarship has played a transformative role in the institutional life of Calvin College, a Christian, liberal arts college in Michigan. After a brief history of the development of the scholarship of engagement at Calvin College, we discuss how the conversation about engagement has shifted from "doing good" to questioning scholarly paradigms. Finally, we discuss our areas of ongoing growth and lessons learned. In the last decade the influx and involvement of scholars who are now practicing and writing about engagement in fresh and exciting new ways has led to a significant shift in the concept of institutional engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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