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General Education: Distributive Studies - Scholarship in Practice

Scholarship in Practice courses are unique to the University of Maryland General Education Program. The courses are defined by learning outcomes and a distinct mission.

Scholarship in Practice courses offer students the opportunity to apply their learning about a field in a meaningful, tangible way and to gain insider knowledge about the field. Such courses might, for example, give students an experience of what a writer does, what an engineer does, or what a researcher does by undertaking such work, to the greatest extent possible, in the course setting. Scholarship in Practice courses may include semester long projects and team-based work allowing students to learn skills that are widely applicable.

Scholarship in Practices courses are designed to engage students actively in meeting specific learning outcomes. The courses include a range of experiential opportunities that involve students as practitioners in work that authentically applies the discipline’s knowledge, theories, or frameworks, adjusted appropriately to the level of the course.

These courses are offered in all fields and at all levels (100-400). Lower-level courses allow non-majors to have an authentic experience of applying the discipline’s scholarship. More advanced courses for majors provide the opportunity to apply prior disciplinary knowledge to the work of the field.

One of the two Scholarship in Practice courses selected must be outside the student’s major requirements.

To introduce this new category of courses, the 2011-2012 Lilly Faculty Fellows interpreted the Scholarship in Practice mission and goals for students, and for faculty.

Students: Watch this video to learn what is distinctive about a Scholarship in Practice Course.

As indicated in Transforming General Education "This new fourth area [of the distributive study category of General Education] reinforces and enhances learning in the humanities, natural sciences, and history and social sciences with courses that put these areas of learning into practice."

Students will have opportunities to experience authentic work of a discipline; faculty will reveal the processes of their work whereby abstract knowledge is transferred into a tangible form.

Students will have opportunities to …. take risks, innovate, apply, collaborate, revise and perfect their work, communicate ideas, consider how work is effected by ideas of others, and produce an original product or analysis.

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