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What does a scholarly community look like? – (Petress, 2008)

Petress, K. (2008). What is a scholarly community and what are our individual and collective responsibilities? Education, 128 (4), 686.

Knowledge is not a commodity we purchase; not an activity we merely dabble in; and not a scenario we passively observe. It is rather, and investment we make to enhance our vocational futures, our personal self images, and personal intellectual reputations. (Petress, 2008)

An education is an experience we actively and collectively engage in with our teachers, authors, classmates, and texts/readings; and an education is an activity we work hard at, in which we invest our egos, energies, and time in. (Petress, 2008)

An education goes beyond a diploma and includes inherent values, long term dedication and commitment, and invested effort toward noble goals. (Petress, 2008)

A community is a collection of persons sharing common values, shared goals, and similar practices. A scholarly community is one that must value honesty. Open collaboration, civil challenging of others’ ideas and their own ideas and judgments, sharing of resources and sources of ideas, and helpful appraisal of each others work. (Petress, 2008)

Scholarly communities need to learn the practices of good reading, cogent writing, clear speaking and listening, precise language use, quality library research, and useful and human appraisal of others’ work as well as being able to accept constructive criticism for one’s own work. (Petress, 2008)

Students in a scholarly community must be trained to engage in critical thinking so as to ask incisive, relevant, and probing questions to elicit useful answers forwarding knowledge. (Petress, 2008)

Group dynamics, values, and skills need teaching in schools at all levels. These values, goals, and practices have superior opportunities for academic and life success. (Petress, 2008)

Scholars need to clearly define a scholarly community in ways and with language that all can understand. (Petress, 2008)

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