Welcome to the Scholar-Practitioner Nexus. This website is an outgrowth of our book, On Being a Scholar-Practitioner: Wisdom in Action. In the book, we stress the importance of Communities of Practice in which educators can connect and learn with other like-minded professionals. The Scholar-Practitioner Nexus provides a space for such a community to coalesce among those who value the wisdom that can emerge from thoughtful study of their own practice.
The S-P Community section of the Nexus provides an overview of the philosophy and vision that infuse our thinking and the work we do with students and colleagues. Our values represent a view of education as a journey of the self and a belief that learning as a professional as an ever-evolving cultivation of one’s capacities and sensibilities.
In the S-P Conversation section of the Nexus, we plan to share our thinking about important educational issues and to invite others to enter into these cyber-reflections. Because individuals engage in educational practice in a wide variety of settings, we hope that the conversations occurring on this website will encourage readers to form LinkedIn communities with those who share similar roles and contexts of practice. In this way, a network of Scholar-Practitioners committed to quality education can evolve.
In On Being a Scholar-Practitioner: Wisdom in Action, we lay out six qualities embodied by Scholar-Practitioners: Pedagogical Wisdom, Theoretical Understanding, Contextual Literary, Ethical Stewardship, Metacognitive Reflection, and Aesthetic Imagination. The S-P Library section of the website contains a variety of resources that we have found useful as we have worked to develop these qualities in ourselves. In addition, we provide links to other websites dedicated to promoting quality education.
We invite you to check out the contents of the Nexus and to follow its development. Even more, we invite you to share your thinking and experience by commenting on our blog posts.