Community Engagement as Publishable Scholarship




Community Engagement


The structures that evaluate what counts as novel and fundable knowledge have evolved over a long timeline, primarily driven by traditional forms of explorative, descriptive and critical analysis research. Community Based Participatory Research does not always fit evaluation and funding structures as comfortably as these models of research which are more established in the global academy, and requires careful navigation of, and some further fine-tuning to, review and accreditation processes, to stand beside more traditionally accepted scholarly practices in being readily recognised as producing original scholarly knowledge.

Author Biography

Prof Peter Clayton, Rhodes University

Peter Clayton
Emeritus Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa


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How to Cite

Clayton, P. (2023). Community Engagement as Publishable Scholarship. African Journal of Higher Education Community Engagement, 1(1), 55–63.