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What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?

What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?

According to Boyer E.L. (1990), The Scholarship of Teaching includes 3 basic qualities:

  1. the work is public
  2.  peer reviewed and critiqued, and
  3. exchanged with other members of both the scholarly and general communities who build on the work.

[t]eaching is also a dynamic endeavor involving all the analogies, metaphors, and images that build bridges between the teacher's understanding and the student's learning. Pedagogical procedures must be carefully planned and continuously examined. These approaches must also stimulate active, not passive learning and encourage students to be always be critical and creative thinkers.

Further, good teaching means that faculty, as scholars, are also learners. Thus, knowledge is not necessarily developed in a linear manner, but rather, the arrow of causality can, and frequently does, point in both directions. Scholars are academics who conduct research, publish, and convey their knowledge to students or apply what they have learned. Often, teachers transmit information that students are expected to memorize and then later regurgitate. Scholarly teaching, means not only transmitting knowledge, but transforming and extending this knowledge as well. And through reading, classroom discussion, comments and questions posed by students, professors themselves will be pushed in creative and scholarly pedagogies.

Boyer EL. (1990). Chapter 2: Enlarging the perspective. In Boyer, E.L.  Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Princeton, NJ: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; .

For faculty within Ryerson University Faculty of Community Services (FCS), the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) includes initiatives, teaching and learning practices, curriculum development and, within each of these areas, active engagement with professional partners in the wider community.

The FCS Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning hopes to consolidate current and future scholarly endeavors to optimize the scholarship of teaching and learning by:

    • fostering inquiry and leadership for the improvement of student engagement and learning to advance professional preparation in community service;
    • developing, synthesizing and sharing knowledge about learning and teaching, in support of professional preparation and partnership to advance community service, and;
    • promoting academic and organizational change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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