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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|
|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)|
|Depositing User:||Janet Parker|
|Date Deposited:||29 Sep 2011 08:25|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2012 16:59|
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