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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as a strategy for institutional change

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: [Host publication title missing]
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is discussed as a strategy for institutional

improvement of teaching and learning. Engagement in SoTL could be an individual

enterprise focusing external networks including conference presentations and journal

publications. This strategy could lead to development and improved teaching for the

individual but not necessarily contribute to the development of the local institution. An

alternative strategy is to engage in networks with colleagues sharing the same context. We

argue that this could lead to institutional change and that an institution needs an increasing

proportion of individuals choosing this approach if long-term change and development is to

be achieved.

Academic teachers are also researchers and aware of the importance of a theoretical base in

scholarly work. This might make them hesitate to engage in SoTL. It is important that the

theoretical level is realistic so that a high enough proportion of teachers engage in local

scholarly work within teaching and learning. We argue that if SoTL is used as an

institutional strategy the use of theory should be monitored within the local context.

We present an institutional strategy including several activities supporting SoTL. Academic

developers work to promote good practices, support scholarly dialogues both horizontally

and vertically among practitioners within the institution, and monitor the use of theory to

increase the engagement of teachers. The academic developers fulfil an act of balance

monitoring the use of theory – ensuring high engagement and at the same time gradually

raising the theoretical level of the local SoTL.


  • Educational Sciences
  • Pedagogy
  • SoTL


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