Posted November 30th 2009 at 11:25 am by
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The Engaged Scholar Reading List

Higher Education is changing.  Old-time, isolationist learning models don’t work for solving complex modern problems.  Students want to interact with the people and ideas they study, rather than write papers that never get beyond academia.

The reading list below highlights this struggle in the changing philosophy of higher education.  If you don’t have time to get through whole reading list, this 13-minute movie tells the story of one community-university partnership.  Over the past decade, MIT and the City of Lawrence have formed a mutual learning community.

The M@L Story Project from Danielle Martin on Vimeo.


1. Boyer, E. L. 1990. Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

2. Boyer, Ernest L. “The Scholarship of Engagement.” Journal of Public Service and Outreach 1, no.1 (Spring 1996)

3. Dewey, John. 1916. Democracy and Education: Introduction to the Philosophy of Education.

4. Lynton, Ernest A. “Knowledge and Scholarship.” Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum 5 no. 1 (1994).

5. Schön, Donald A. 1995. “The New Scholarship Requires a New Epistemology.” Change, 27, 6 (1995).

Professor Lorlene Hoyt directs the MIT@Lawrence partnership at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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