Taking It to the Streets: The Role of Scholarship in Advocacy and Advocacy in Scholarship

Taking It to the Streets: The Role of Scholarship in Advocacy and Advocacy in Scholarship

By: Laura W. Perna (editor)Paperback

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Higher education scholars often conduct research on topics about which they care deeply, but to what extent should they be advocates for reform and social change? One school of thought believes researchers should remain dispassionate and data focused; the other, that a researcher, by the very questions she asks, can help effect social change. In this book, Laura W. Perna questions how, why, and when higher education researchers should be public intellectuals and whether, armed with research, they are-and should be-a powerful force for change. Taking It to the Streets collects essays from nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders with diverse opinions and perspectives on these issues. With the intentional inclusion of voices on different sides of this discussion, the volume offers a thought-provoking and nuanced understanding of the multifaceted connections between higher education research, advocacy, and policy. Contributors: Ann E. Austin, Estela Mara Bensimon, Anthony A. Berryman, Mitchell J. Chang, Cheryl Crazy Bull, Adam Gamoran, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Shaun R. Harper, Donald E. Heller, Adrianna Kezar, Simon Marginson, James T. Minor, Jeannie Oakes, Laura W. Perna, Gary Rhoades, Daniel G. Solorzano, Christine A. Stanley, William G. Tierney

About Author

Laura W. Perna is the James S. Riepe Professor and the executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a coauthor of The Attainment Agenda: State Policy Leadership for Higher Education and the coeditor of The State of College Access and Completion: Improving College Success for Students from Underrepresented Groups.


1. Connecting research, advocacy, and policy to advance equity, inclusiveness, and social change in higher education2. A day late and a dollar short3. Changing the course of history4. Using postsecondary research to influence the policy process5. The activist as intellectual6. Researcher as instrument and advocate for inclusive excellence in higher education 7. Commitment to a scholarly life of contribution, meaning, satisfaction8. Choosing how, why, and to whom we profess9. Bridging the artificial gap between activism and scholarship to form tools for knowledge10. So that the people may live11. My people's professor12. Listening to students13. Why racial microgressions matter? 14. A road less travelled15. Using philosophy to develop a thoughtful approach to going public or not16. Research for policy in higher education17. Public scholarshipContributorsIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781421425467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781421425467
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 1421425467

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