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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

“It (The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) means viewing the world of the classroom as a site for inquiry,
asking and answering questions about students’ learning in ways that can improve one’s own classroom
and also advance the larger profession of teaching.” (Huber & Hutchinson, 2005, p. 1)

The term Scholarship of Teaching and Learning was first introduced by Boyer in his seminal 1990 book Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate. Boyer outlined four types of scholarship: discovery, integration, application, and teaching. The emphasis in the academy traditionally has been on discovery (research) with little significance placed on teaching as a legitimate area of scholarly work (Clark, 2002). In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as a valid type of scholarship (Dawson, 2006). For example, that recognition is evidenced in the recent creation of the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as well as the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The ever-expanding list of resources below is similarly a testament to the increasing emphasis on this form of scholarship.

At the Teaching Support Centre, we believe that it is essential in a research-intensive university such as Western that the same lens is applied to teaching that typically has only been applied to research. We are committed to supporting the systematic examination of teaching and learning and would welcome the opportunity to assist you with performing this research.

Select Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Links

The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The University of British Columbia Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning page at Illinois State University
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning page at Georgia Southern University

Articles from the TSC’s Reflections Newsletter

Clarke, M. (2002). Teaching as a scholarly activity. Reflections, 48.
Dawson, D. (2006). Enhancing teaching: Engaging faculty in the SoTL. Reflections,54, 3.

Publishing SoTL Articles:

Publication and Presentation Venues for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Brief Review (PDF) - Douglas College

Periodicals Related to University Teaching (plus a few others) (PDF) - University of Guelph, Teaching Support Services

Getting SoTL Articles Published

Science-Specific Publications on SoTL
(PDF)

List of Pedagogical Journals

Articles, Books, and Chapters

Boyer, E.L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Cross, K.P., & Steadman, M.H. (1996). Classroom research: Implementing the scholarship of teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Dunkin, M. J., & Barnes, J. (1986). Research on teaching in higher education. In M. C. Wittrock (Ed.), Handbook of research on teaching (3 rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.

Elmendorf , H.G. (2006). Learning through teaching. Change, 38(6), 37-41.

Harper-Marinick, M. (2002). Engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. MCLI Forum, 4. Retrieved March 14, 2007.

Hutchison, P. (2003). Competing goods: Ethical issues in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Change, 35(5), 27-33.

Kreber, C. (2001). The scholarship of teaching and its implementation in faculty development and graduate education. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 86, 79-88.

Kreber, C., & Cranton, P. (2000). Exploring the scholarship of teaching. The Journal of Higher Education, 71, 476-495.

McKinney, K. (2004). The scholarship of teaching and learning: Past lessons, current challenges, and future visions. To Improve the Academy, 22, 3-19.

O'Loughlin , V.D. (2006). A "how to" guide for developing a publishable scholarship of teaching project. A dvances in Physiology Education 30(2). 83.

Parker, J. (2003). Writing, revising and practising the disciplines: Carnegie, Cornell and the scholarship of teaching. Arts And Humanities In Higher Education, 2(2),139-153.

Richlin, L. (2001). Scholarly teaching and scholarship of teaching. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 86, 57-68.

Trigwell, K., & Shale, S. (2004). Student learning and the scholarship of university teaching. Studies in Higher Education, 29(4), 523-536.