The scholarship of teaching and learning: a university teacher learning community’s work in progress

Bell, S. et al. (2006) The scholarship of teaching and learning: a university teacher learning community’s work in progress. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 1(1), pp. 3-12.

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Abstract

<p>The understanding of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has raised debate amongst many academics employed in Higher Education (HE). One way of exploring the issues surrounding SoTL in academic institutions has been through the establishment of learning communities (LCs). Very popular in HE establishments within the United States of America, LCs allow a comfortable environment in which academic staff may explore ways to develop professional scholarship in relation to individual disciplines. This can be achieved through sharing of ideas and fostering a multidisciplinary approach to SoTL by establishing contact with other academics who may not otherwise have the chance to meet.</p> <p>This paper examines the experience of exploring SoTL at the start of a newly formed LC that is composed of a relatively new breed of academic staff, entitled ‘University Teachers’ (UTs), at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. This LC, believed to be one of the first in existence in HE in the UK, will allow a diverse group of academics to explore SoTL in a community environment. This article explores the issues arising in the establishment of the newly formed LC, as well as raising the question of the potential impact of the LC on university policy for SoTL and UTs.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McAdam, Ms Julie and Bohan, Dr Jason and Bell, Ms Sheena and McKerlie, Mr Robert and Burke, Dr Joanne and Brown, Ms Andrea and Paschke, Dr Beth and Morrow, Dr Lorna and Jamieson, Professor Susan and Tierney, Miss Anne and Cogdell, Dr Barbara and MacKenzie, Dr Jane and Rea, Professor Paul
Authors: Bell, S., Bohan, J., Brown, A., Burke, J., Cogdell, B., Jamieson, S., MacKenzie, J., McAdam, J., McKerlie, R., Morrow, L., Paschke, B., Rea, P., and Tierney, A.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Publisher:University of Glasgow, Learning and Teaching Centre
ISSN:1750-8428

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