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Framework Focus: Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Scholarship as Conversation


Key sentence: Developing familiarity with the sources of evidence, methods, and modes of discourse in the field assists novice learners to enter the conversation. New forms of scholarly and research conversations provide more avenues in which a wide variety of individuals may have a voice in the conversation.

Knowledge practices:

  1. cite the contributing work of others in their own information production;
  2. contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level, locally and within the field;
  3. identify barriers to entering scholarly conversation via various venues;
  4. critically evaluate contributions made by others in participatory information environments;
  5. identify the contribution that particular scholarly works make to disciplinary knowledge;
  6. summarize the changes in scholarly perspective over time in a topic or discipline;
  7. recognize that a given scholarly work may not represent the majority perspective.

We teach:

  • Citation formats for various majors
  • Source evaluation and ways of approaching authority (ENGL 101 and other upper courses)
  • Use of archived prior student research to build one’s own research (BADM 536)
  • Notion of scholarly consensus and dissension (CHRS and DIVI courses on Bible)
  • Scopus and citation ranking (EXER 451, various upper courses)

“Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Association of College and Research Libraries, 11 Jan. 2016, http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework. Accessed 21 June 2016.

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