ERIC Number: EJ882159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
The Engaged University: Where Rhetorical Theory Matters
Hikins, James W.; Cherwitz, Richard A.
Journal of Applied Communication Research, v38 n2 p115-126 May 2010
This essay contends that engagement, a productive coupling of the academy's intellectual resources with the enterprise of generating solutions to current real-world challenges, can best flourish when its theoretical foundations rest upon rhetorical perspectivism. We examine the current movement in academe toward engagement and problems attendant to its implementation, present a solution to these shortcomings in the concept of "intellectual entrepreneurship," offer "rhetorical perspectivism" as a constructive theoretical framework for grounding intellectual entrepreneurship's philosophy of education, and illustrate with an example the advantages of applying rhetorical perspectivism to the project of engagement. Rhetorical perspectivism, we argue, unites "thinking" (reflection) and "doing" (action), enabling scholars to leverage knowledge for social good.
Descriptors: Rhetorical Theory, Educational Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Approach, Epistemology, Change Agents, Participation, Rhetoric, Intellectual Experience, Intellectual Development, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Climate, Organizational Theories
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Education Level: Adult Education
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