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Defining scholarship in 21st century health professions education

Symposium 3 - Defining scholarship in 21st century health professions education

Date:  Sunday 29th August
Time:  1200 - 1330 (UK time)
Stream: Room 1


  • Jennifer Cleland, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
  • Susan Jamieson, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Susan van Schalkwyk, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Subha Ramani, Harvard University, USA
  • Rashmi Kusurkar, VU University, the Netherlands
  • Tim Wilkinson, Otago University, New Zealand

Summary: Definitions of scholarship vary across contexts and thus so do the values, understandings, processes and priorities considered representative of scholarship. For example, theoretical work may be privileged over applied work, writing research papers over service.  In addition, narrow definitions of scholarship – for example, as the production of educational research – constrain policies and practices, limit exploration and innovation, and exclude much of value and importance in respect to contributions to students, institutions, and communities of practice.

As health professions educators, we are tasked with engaging with scholarship in ways which help us, our colleagues and future colleagues develop to their full potential. To do so requires constant scrutiny of how we educate and how we can educate better. To enable learners depends on enabling educators. We do so by providing a discipline-specific definition of scholarship which extends Boyer’s classic model into the 21st century by positioning scholarship as a process, an iterative journey which depends on constant, critical professional reflection and engagement in growth opportunities. The presenters will share their ideas of colleagues can develop as individuals within HPE and challenge remaining biases and assumptions about scholarship which may still exist in educational systems and structures.

Who Should Participate: Anyone with an interest in scholarship in HPE.

What will they gain from participating: Participants of this symposium will benefit from learning to conceptualise scholarship as progressive and iterative, and to consider how they can engage with and support scholarship in their local contexts.

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