n South African Journal of Higher Education - The scholarship of integration (re)considered

Volume 21, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



There has been considerable debate on the nature of scholarship over the past two decades. A key contribution to this debate is a seminal work in which Boyer (1990) articulates an expanded notion of scholarship. One of the four functions of scholarship that Boyer identifies in this expanded view of scholarship is the scholarship of integration. In this article I argue that this function is too narrowly conceived; a broader view of this construct is needed to reflect the complexity of this terrain of scholarship. I argue for a multi-dimensional model of scholarship that integrates three forms of scholarship with Boyer's four functions of scholarship. I also discuss the implications this model of scholarship has for the research university.

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