Varieties of integrative scholarship: why rules of evidence, criteria, and standards matter Journal Article


Author: McGaghie, W. C.
Article Title: Varieties of integrative scholarship: why rules of evidence, criteria, and standards matter
Abstract: Integrative scholarship involves the aggregation of data and evidence in a way that allows the research community to comprehend and value the connections and perspectives that unite isolated facts and research studies. Integrative scholarship summarizes data, enlightens and informs readers broadly, and sets the stage for subsequent research. This article describes five approaches to integrative scholarship--narrative, systematic, scoping, critical-realist, open peer commentary--and argues that each approach uses different methods and rules of evidence to combine data and report their meaning. Different forms of integrative scholarship use methods, criteria, and standards that are matched to the integrative approach and data being evaluated. There is no one best strategy to conduct or judge integrative scholarship. Researchers who perform integrative scholarship should openly express the values that underlie their work.
Keywords: Humans; Fellowships and Scholarships; Research Design; Evidence-Based Medicine; Education, Medical; Peer Review, Research; Qualitative Research
Journal Title: Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Volume: 90
Issue: 3
ISSN: 1938-808X; 1040-2446
Publisher: Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2015
Start Page: 294
End Page: 302
Language: eng
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Notes: JID: 8904605; ppublish
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