Research vs scholarship

Today we had a discussion at work about the difference between scholarship and research. This discussion has gone on over the past few months, and we have not been able to really agree on a definition (yet). Academically minded colleagues see both as pretty much the same thing, while non academic colleagues generally argue that scholarship is an at least partly separate activity, something they can engage in in everyday life.

Bee Bond’s recent post on “Teaching EAP” outlines a vision similar to mine, and today I also found another definition that I can agree with, by Professor Jenelle Kyd. It offers definitions of ‘seeking of knowledge’ (scholarship) vs ‘generation of knowledge’ (research). This fits in well with CPD activities that members of CILIP and other professional organisations engage in and that inform their work.

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