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ERIC Number: EJ1097202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education: Reflections and Future Directions
Fitzgerald, Hiram E.; Bruns, Karen; Sonka, Steven T.; Furco, Andrew; Swanson, Louis
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v20 n1 p245-253 2016
In this commentary, the authors reflect on their 2012 article, "The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education" (EJ1001357) reprinted in this 20th anniversary issue of "Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement." In their original article, they argued that for higher education to contribute meaningfully to transformational change in society, it would have to act to make engagement scholarship a central aspect of its work, spanning the spectrum of its disciplinary units, centers, and institutes (Fitzgerald, Bruns, Sonka, Furco, & Swanson, 2012). Solving societal problems requires recognition that the problems are in society; as an embedded part of complex society systems, these societal problems affect universities and the students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are a part of both the university and community systems. Thus, they argued, efforts to solve problems-in-society require new approaches to knowledge generation, generally described within the context of partnerships, collaboration, exchange of knowledges, and cocreation of solutions. Herein, the authors suggest ways to engage community, and perhaps to generate intergenerational input such as making more effective use of social media to build networks and organizations that are inclusive of community partners. Additionally, they raise questions relating to data sources, or "big data," and how analytics may provide new dimensions for community engagement scholarship in experiential learning settings as well as student performance and success analytics, particularly in just-in-time feedback for instructors. The article concludes with a review of several seminal events, such as the emergence of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) and the induction of its first two sets of members, that have occurred since publication of their original 2012 article. [For "The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education" (2016), see EJ1097192.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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