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Threshold Concepts: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Scholarship as Conversation

Resource guide for faculty, librarians, and administrators on the new framework for information literacy for higher educaiton.

Scholarship as Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

-Framework for Informaiton Literacy for Higher Education

Scholarship as Conversation

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Knowledge Practices

Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

  • Cite the contributing work of others in their own information production
  • Contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level, such as local online community, guided discussion, undergraduate research journal, conference presentation/poster session
  • Identify barriers to entering scholarly conversation via various venues
  • Critically evaluate contributions made by others in participatory information environments
  • Identify the contribution particular articles, books, and other scholarly pieces make to disciplinary knowledge
  • Summarize the changes in scholarly perspective over time on a particular topic within a specific discipline
  • Recognize that a given scholarly work may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on the issue


Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

  • Recognize they are often entering into an ongoing scholarly conversation and not a finished conversation
  • Seek out conversations taking place in their research area
  • See themselves as contributors to scholarship rather than only consumers of it
  • Recognize that scholarly conversations take place in various venues
  • Suspend judgment on the value of a particular piece of scholarship until the larger context for the scholarly conversation is better understood
  • Understand the responsibility that comes with entering the conversation through participatory channels
  • Value user-generated content and evaluate contributions made by others
  • Recognize that systems privilege authorities and that not having a fluency in the language and process of a discipline disempowers their ability to participate and engage

Research 101 Assignments

Scholarship as Conversation (University of Washington)

What is Scholarship?