Question on my mind: What are the "critical elements of scholarship"?
"Engagement, rather than skill-set
and information “download” is the deeper goal of academic instruction. The
ultimate measure of success is the metamorphosis of the student, an individual
at the outset capable and interested only in passive, assisted knowledge
activities, into the scholar, an individual engaged in independent knowledge
It is worth briefly examining the critical elements of scholarship. Of
paramount importance is that for scholar, no “oracle” exists to provide the
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answer to a research question. Peers can provide critique but not guaranteed
answers. The scholar also lacks a roadmap towards a solution, and must
prioritize his/her efforts, evaluate the intellectual contributions of others, and
act upon their own judgments. This is the universal situation of the scholar,
and it is utterly different from the environment of the formal student."