Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Shields and Cugliari’s “Scholarship as Conversation”

Shields, K., & Cugliari, C. (2017). “Scholarship as Conversation” Introducing students to research in nonprofit studies. College & Research Libraries News, 78(3), 137–141.

The April Spotlight features a practical and specific example of Framework theory and application which touches upon disciplinary particulars, conversations between librarians and teaching faculty, and instructional design. Librarian Kathy Shields and professor Christine Cugliari present a case study of a specific frame, Scholarship as Conversation, as a foundation for informing the design of an instructional sequence within a larger course. This frame proved helpful for addressing the area of nonprofit studies research, which is represented by a widespread conversation spread across several disciplines. Cugliari’s focus for her students centered on the process of how nonprofit research was produced, moving beyond simply locating and identifying a relevant nonprofit journal and scholarly article to “the larger picture of how scholarship is created and shared.” Shields and Cugliari detail how they designed a sequence of activities that involved response, reflection, specific questions about the ongoing conversation, a focus on citation as a record of the conversation, and discussion.

Kathy Shields (Twitter: @dottielibrarian) is research and instruction librarian for history and social sciences at Wake Forest University, and Christine Cugliari (Twitter: @doctorgive) is associate professor of nonprofit management at High Point University.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.