Who are the “Scholar-Practitioners”?

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Research and practice are the focus for December on SAGE MethodSpace. Find the unfolding series of posts through this link.

The December focus on MethodSpace.

Each month SAGE MethodSpace welcomes experienced authors to serve as “Mentors-in-Residence.” To enrich the December focus on Research and Practice, the co-authors of Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner join us. I interviewed them about the audience for their book: scholar practitioners.

JS. Your title notes that the book is aimed at scholar-practitioners. Can you define the term scholar-practitioners for MethodSpace readers?

The term scholar-practitioners has different meanings. When we use scholar-practitioner, we are referring primarily to those students who want to integrate an understanding and application of theory and research in a professional setting rather than conducting academic research that typically happens in a university or laboratory setting. We don’t want to make any hard distinctions, however. Those who do academic research as a career choice many times focus on applied research, and some who consider themselves to be scholar-practitioners are also academic researchers.  Our focus is on those who are interested in advancing theory and practice in applied, rather than academic, settings.

Research Design and Methods

JS. What is unique about
scholar-practitioners’ needs and interests when it comes to research design and
methods?

Scholar-practitioners, at least the students with whom we mostly work, are not interested in becoming professional academic researchers. At our institution, Walden University, the majority of our students are working full time. They are actively working and facing numerous problems that need answers, answers for which we can provide tools to discover. They are busy people who need basic, doctoral level skills to equip them to grow successful companies, be excellent teachers and administrators, and skillfully manage non-profits of all sizes. Thus, our students uniquely need the development of the research concepts, methods, and skills to be tightly connected to real-life examples. While our book is an excellent choice for introductory  level students and more experienced researchers as well, it is primarily the budding scholar-practitioners for whom we wrote it.

Research Design and Methods

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