This articles explores the function of the scholarship of integration to the field of communication studies. The scholarship of integration is defined as disciplined work that seeks to interpret, draw together, and bring new insight to bear on original research and interpretation, fitting one's own research or the research of others into larger intellectual patterns. Thus, the scholarship of integration attempts to synthesize what is known and interpret it in new ways by redefining it. It pushes the boundaries of the discipline by analyzing the effects of cutting edge research and its value to the discipline. It sometimes means blurring the established intellectual boundaries of the field pushing those in the field to color outside the lines. It also involves multidisciplinary efforts.
Barbato, C. A. (2000). Scholarship of integration: Pushing, blurring, and connecting theoretical perspectives. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29(3), 236–243.