Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is rooted in Ernest Boyer’s call to reassess the type of scholarship that should “count” in any college or university. Boyer believed that teaching informs “research and practice,” and argued that the scholarship of teaching could provide a firm foundation for expanding the definition of research. What has emerged is a multifaceted approach to the pedagogical processes and practices associated with student learning. Because researchers employ their disciplinary lens (theoretical and methodological), this process is flexible and dynamic. By systematically exploring the interaction between pedagogical strategies and the selection of student learning outcomes, the researcher reflects upon and assesses best practices and personal applications. Thus, the SoTL is best characterized as an intentional, theoretically grounded, and methodologically diverse ...

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