Engaged scholarship and the scholarship of engagement is promoted by nurturing a new generation of scholars who integrates all forms of scholarship. Teaching practice informs research, while staying informed about educational theoretical underpinnings and frameworks.
Scholarship represents the activities that lead to the creation of new knowledge. 3 important characteristics that might help to define scholarship and distinguish it from non-scholarly of less than scholarly work:
- Critical reflectivity as a sensibility, a habit of mind;
- Scrutiny by peers, which is what publication permits, as a modus operandi;
- Inquiry, as a motivation or drive
Scholarship is about knowledge creation, renewal in thought about phenomena and meaningful connection to existing knowledge (Andressen 2000).
Scholarship of engagement embodies the integration of all forms of scholarship and which is done in and with society. In teaching the community setting becomes a learning space for students while sharing knowledge and growing together. Research is collaboratively done with community partners who participate actively in the co-creation of knowledge. This form of knowledge, known as mode 2 knowledge, is theoretically grounded and practically applied. This form of knowledge is generated through community-based research methodologies such as action research, participatory action research, phenomenology, grounded theory and others.