ERIC Number: EJ906572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
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The Dorothy Doctrine of Engaged Scholarship: The Rhetorical Discipline "Had It All along"
Hartelius, E. Johanna; Cherwitz, Richard A.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v96 n4 p436-442 Nov 2010
For rhetoricians, the concept "engaged scholarship" necessarily entails mutual implication, each term ringing hollow without the other. From the classical theories of rhetoric's role in the polis to the twentieth century's formative debates in the "Quarterly Journal of Speech," the disciplinary preoccupation with engagement is omnipresent--and for good reason. In this essay, the authors offer a definition of engagement as "mobilized expertise." Explicating the centrality of engagement to rhetoric as a productive practice, hermeneutics, theory, and scholarly community, the authors contend that (1) the particular forms of engagement necessarily are multiple; (2) the engaged rhetorical scholar cannot operate in isolation from other academic and non-academic stakeholders; and (3) a robust understanding of engagement precludes a rigid distinction between "basic" and "applied" research. Engaged scholarship in rhetoric integrates theory, practice, and production. It is inter- and cross-disciplinary, igniting and facilitating a dialectic between the generalist and the specialist. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Scholarship, Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learner Engagement, Problem Solving
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