Definition of Research - Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling

The Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling values research and scholarly activity that contributes to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and the education of students in those professions.  The five basic types of scholarship valued by the University are recognized by the department as encouraging scholarship in all its diverse forms.
1. The Scholarship of Discovery includes all activities that extend knowledge through the discovery or collection of new information.  The Scholarship of Discovery includes, but is not limited to, what are typically called basic or original research.
2. The Scholarship of Integration includes activities that are primarily interdisciplinary and interpretive, seeking better understanding of existing knowledge through integration across disciplines and original synthesis to bring new meanings and insights.
3. The Scholarship of Application includes activities that relate knowledge in academic disciplines to communities beyond academia.  Applications may include original investigations oriented to solving problems, developing solutions to problems through use of existing discipline-based knowledge, or making information or ideas accessible to the public.
4. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning includes activities that are directly related to improving pedagogical practices.  This type of scholarship is oriented to discovery, evaluation, and communication of information about the learning process.
5. The Scholarship of Artistic Endeavor includes activities that are directly related to the creative process, particularly in fine and applied arts, such as drama, music, and visual arts.  This scholarship involves artistic creation and dissemination of works.

(Submitted: February 2006; Reviewed: October 2014)