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ERIC Number: EJ910047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
From Rhetoric to Reality: A Typology of Publically Engaged Scholarship
Doberneck, Diane M.; Glass, Chris R.; Schweitzer, John
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v14 n4 p5-35 2010
The lack of a language for publicly engaged scholarship poses a problem for institutional leaders, especially in light of public criticism concerning their institutions' contributions to the greater good of society. In this demanding climate of public accountability, institutional leaders are challenged to move beyond the rhetoric of engagement to detail the contributions their faculty members make to better society. Needed is a way of describing publicly engaged scholarship that makes sense both to institutional leaders and to faculty members--a kind of middle ground where different types of publicly engaged scholarship are described in enough detail that faculty members may see their own scholarship reflected in the language, but in a language that is universal and avoids the specificities of disciplinary rhetoric. To address these challenges, the researchers framed this study as an exploratory, qualitative inquiry to discover and name types of publicly engaged scholarship based on empirical data. Instead of analyzing the rhetoric promoted by institutional leaders, the researchers focused on understanding the reality of publicly engaged scholarship as described by faculty members themselves. Through this bottom-up approach, they sought to develop a typology that was both reflective of the faculty experience and useful at the institutional level. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan