SoTL through the Lenses of the Arts and Humanities
As the community of SoTL scholars has grown across Canada and around the world, however, there has been a growing sense that SoTL work has been dominated by the epistemologies, philosophies, and research methods of the social sciences, a view that has been supported by SoTL journal editors and resources dedicated to introducing faculty to SoTL (Gurung and Schwartz, 2009; Jarvis and Creasey, 2009; McKinney and Chick, 2010; Chick, 2012). To quote Nancy Chick (2012) in a recent book on the current state of SoTL in the disciplines, “while many well-known SoTL leaders come from humanities backgrounds …, the on-the-ground work largely marginalizes the practices of their disciplines.”
The question then follows: “How does the apparent under-representation of (arts and) humanities-based disciplines affect expectations for SoTL, from norms for research design and methodology to the genre and style of its products?” (McKinney and Chick, 2010).
This special issue of The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning seeks to explore this question, and also to provide examples of SoTL work that uses the genres, approaches, research designs, theoretical and epistemological frameworks, and methodologies of the arts and humanities to explore key topics in teaching and learning.
For the complete call for submissions, please click – Special Issue Call for Submissions
For more information, please contact Brad Wuetherick (brad [dot] wuetherick [at] usask [dot] ca).
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Members of HISTSOTL ran a workshop at the recent International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference at Liverpool, UK. The theme was “Embracing Failure and Learning From Mistakes”. The panel first discussed the literature (or absence) around failure in teaching and learning before sharing some of their own learning moments around failure. The workshop then moved into small groups for further discussion.
Also at Liverpool, HISTSOTL member Alan Booth and Jeanne Booth continued their work for the History Passion Project. This included some interviews and a filmed panel discussion. For more details visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/heahistory/research/gwi/history_passion/
The 13th Annual Teaching and Learning in History Conference, hosted by the Higher Education Academy History Subject Centre, is set for 4-5 April, 2011. The event will be held at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Watch our “conferences” webpage for a future link to the event.
Checkout a post on edwired, T. Mills Kelly’s blog about all things education, history, and digital. Kelly notes that while end-of-semester course surveys have gotten better, they still do not focus enough on assessing what student’s learned. Further, Texas A&M University is considering offering “successful” instructors monetary incentives to improve teaching performance. Click here to read all about it.
15 June 2010
Once again Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK, hosted the Annual Teaching and Learning in History Conference, the premier international conference merging specifically the disciplines of SOTL and History. Held 23 – 25 March, the conference included dozens of international participants, national teaching fellows, and one of the semi-annual meetings of the HistorySOTL society. Ran by the History Subject Centre under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Richardson with the assistance of her expert staff, the conference raised new directions for research and mixed content from both practical teaching tactics as well as teaching theory. The twelve page report detailing speakers and sessions may be examined here.