Boyer's Model of Scholarship

Boyer's model of scholarship is an academic model advocating expansion of the traditional definition of scholarship and research into four types of scholarship. It was introduced in 1990 by Ernest Boyer. According to Boyer, traditional research, or the scholarship of discovery, had been the center of academic life and crucial to an institution's advancement, but it needed to be broadened and made more flexible to include not only the new social and environmental challenges beyond the campus but also the reality of contemporary life. His vision was to change the research mission of universities by redefining scholarship.

He proposed that scholarship includes these four different categories of activity:

Boyer's model has been embraced across academia with occasional refinements, such as specific applications for different disciplines.

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(2022). Boyer's Model of Scholarship. In (Ed.), Becoming an Open Scholar. EdTech Books.

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