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Expanding the disciplines through SoTL

Parker, Janet (2010). Expanding the disciplines through SoTL. In: Fanghanel, Joëlle; Bernstein, Dan; Huber, Mary; Berthiaume, Denis; Warren, Digby; Roxa, Torgny and Colet, Nicole Rege eds. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the London Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. London SoTL International Conference (5). London: University of West London, pp. 113–119.

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Abstract

The panel - pro and anti disciplinary SoTL - that this paper contributed to - sought to debate whether disciplines inhibit or build up SoTL. Torgny Roxa argued persuasively, as ever! that disciplines exert a structural and epistemological control such that SoTL cannot find a place to operate or be as effective as it should be.

This paper seeks to take an opposite position. This is not to deny several of the ‘anti’ points: including that disciplinary hierarchies and research agendas can act in the inhibiting way he described. Indeed, it is precisely because I agree with the potentially vitiating and stultifying nature of the discipline as a tightly bounded research community that I feel so strongly that disciplinary SoTL is vital and vitalising. For the essence of SoTL - the exploration by the teacher of some problem that has puzzled her and the ownership and publication of that exploration – I argue here can, rather, make disciplinary development swift and teaching-centred. It is precisely because of the separating off of research structures - research leave, research grants, research CVs all accounted for differently from teaching - that disciplinary SoTL has a space to develop and to affect and effect. And, whereas the disciplinary agenda has traditionally followed that of the research community, with at best ‘research-informed teaching’, SoTL gives teachers in their own right, as teacher-scholars, an arena and a base from which to transform their discipline.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 University of West London
ISBN: 0-9569534-0-9, 978-0-9569534-0-7
Extra Information: The London Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
8th International Conference : Proceedings 2010
Disciplines, Pedagogies and Cultures for SoTL
University of West London
Editors: Joëlle Fanghanel, Dan Bernstein, Mary Huber, Denis Berthiaume, Digby Warren, Torgny Roxa and Nicole Rege Colet

The London SoTL International Conference was held on 13th and 14th May 2010
Keywords: scholarship of teaching and learning;disciplinarity
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 29591
Depositing User: Janet Parker
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 08:25
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 16:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29591
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