Scholarship of Integration
Scholarship of Integration
- What is Scholarship of Integration?
- Why is it important?
- What does engaging in Scholarship of Integration look like?
- Scholarship of Integration at UOPX
- Additional Resources
The scholarship of integration creates connections across disciplines by situating isolated facts within the larger body of knowledge, both within and across areas of research and including global initiatives. This domain of scholarship happens when scholars put isolated facts into perspective, “making connections across the disciplines, placing the specialties in larger context, illuminating data in a revealing way”. By doing scholarship of integration, isolated facts are interpreted and drawn together in a way that brings new insight and understandings.
Common examples of scholarship of integration are literature reviews, textbooks, critical reviews, meta-analysis, colloquia work, and giving a disciplinary perspective in a talk to a cross-discipline or lay audience.
The purpose of the scholarship of integration is to interpret the use of knowledge across disciplines.
The scholarship of integration adds value by giving meaning and context to the scholarship of discovery. The interactions across disciplinary lines advances the state of academia by collaboratively identifying trends, next questions, and societal meta-problems. Faculty benefit from engaging in the scholarship of integration by gaining a deeper understanding of their discipline as well as others, possibly leading to a next direction for research. The process of making connections expands thinking.
Scholars engaging in the scholarship of integration answer broad questions, such as:
- What do the findings mean?
- What is being left out of this approach or design?
- Is it possible to interpret what's been discovered in ways that provide a larger, more comprehensive understanding?
Answering these questions requires creative thinking and interpretation of a large body of knowledge. Methods focus on the interpretation of isolated facts, not the pursuit of new facts. Interactions between at least two disciplines are required; researchers must work collaboratively and interdisciplinary.
Here are examples of our faculty completing scholarship of Integration:
Avella, J.T., Kebritchi, M., Nunn, S., and Kanai, T. (2016). Learning analytics methods, benefits, and challenges in higher education: A systematic literature review. Online Learning Journal, 20(2), 1-17. http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/790
Bearden, F.C., and Rodriguez, J. (2015). A study of recognizing conflicts of interest in pending financial planning engagements. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 26(2), 1-12. https://afcpe.org/news-and-publications/journal-of-financial-counseling-and-planning
Cruz, J.L., and Blancero, D.M. (2016). Latina/o professionals’ Career Success: Bridging the corporate American divide. Journal of Career Development. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0894845316664414
Cruz, J.L., Molina, M.S., and Rivera, J. (2015). La Voz de la Abogada Latina: Challenges and rewards in serving the public interest. CUNY Law Review, 14(1), 147-214. http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/nyclr14&div=10&id=&page=
Johnson, R.D. (2016). Integrated management in the building industry: An interpretative perspective of integrated project delivery. The Nontrad Journal, 18, 41-50.
Sandberg, D.S. (2017). Medical Tourism: An emerging global healthcare industry. International Journal of Healthcare Management, http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rq7U2nTs8UDq6aiR8zKi/full.
Find Support at UOPX:
The UOPX Library: an excellent academic literature resources to search for articles within and across your discipline.
- Writing literature reviews (2012, 2nd edition, eBook available in the UOPX Library): Machi, L., & McEvoy, B. (2016). The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success, 3e. Sage Publications.
- Tips for novice researcher on how to conduct a meta-analysis: http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2008/04/ssc.aspx
- Field, A. P., & Gillett, R. (2010). How to do a meta-analysis. The British Journal Of Mathematical And Statistical Psychology, 63(Pt 3), 665-694. doi:10.1348/000711010X502733
Read more: Professional and Academic Articles about Integration:
Read four researchers discuss their foray into the scholarship of integration: Towards a Scholarship of Integration: Lessons from Four Cases