What is a scholar? Individuals who research, partner with other researchers, and simply seek to answer questions by raising a theory. Scholars are your people who we, consumers, students, business owners, parents, teachers, facilitators, and others, depend on for answers to solve our dilemmas, make programs better, improve the workplace, understand children, help marriages, and other issues in our lives and society.
What are practitioners? Practitioners are all about taking what the researchers or scholars have experimented and turning it into application. The best example of a practitioner is the worker, the professional, someone who goes into work to apply what they have been taught to educate, sell, solve, or any other execution of services or instruction to the consumer or client.
So when we look at the programs of Masters and Doctoral, we see these terms combined.
Masters -level students are usually called "practitioner-scholars". Practitioner-scholars involve practice of clinical or academic training. To simply put things, they apply and then research. Masters-level students are taught to apply and how to apply theoretical concepts set forth by theorists.
Doctoral-level students are called "scholar-practitioners". Doctoral students are required to be very innovative and creative in research. Those who enroll in doctoral students are seekers of knowledge and want to know why things happen and to be pioneers in their fields.
When we see these terms used interchangeably, it is mostly carried in psychological disciplines such as Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology, but we see that many other disciplines have adopted this concept in their colleges and questions continue to be asked.
If you are in a masters or doctorate program, you are choosing to learn more about your field. As an online learner, you have the power to change your field and be a great innovator. Who knows you could be the next theorist the next generation will read about!