Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL):
Turning Teaching Problems into Research
May 4, 2013
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a form of research that involves a systematic investigation of teaching/learning followed by peer review and public sharing of the work for others to build on. SoTL in mathematics draws on both the mathematical and pedagogical expertise of practitioners as they define research questions, design studies, and analyze results.
In this workshop, participants will learn about SoTL and how it differs from mathematics education research. Participants will be guided in transforming a problem from their own teaching experience into a question for scholarly investigation. They will see examples of SoTL questions and types of data, both quantitative and qualitative, that might be gathered in a SoTL study. They will be introduced to focus groups, think-alouds and knowledge surveys. Participants will practice applying this information to design a study. They will receive additional resources for continuing their investigation.
- Dr. Jacqueline Dewar, Loyola Marymount University
- Dr. Courtney Koestler, University of Arizona
- Dr. Rebecca McGraw, University of Arizona
The workshop will be held at the Institute for Mathematics and Education, Gould-Simpson building, Room 849. A catered lunch will be provided.
The conference will take place Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.
This article provides an overview of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in mathematics. It describes the origins of SoTL in higher education and distinguishes SoTL from good teaching, scholarly teaching, and mathematics education research. It includes a widely adopted taxonomy of SoTL questions and presents several examples of SoTL questions that have been investigated and made public. The heart of the article is a specific example of how a “teaching problem” can launch a SoTL investigation. The article also considers the value of SoTL to individual faculty, their departments, and their institutions. It closes with additional resources and suggestions for pursuing SoTL in mathematics.
- Deb Hughes Hallett, University of Arizona
- Joceline Lega, University of Arizona
- Rebecca McGraw, University of Arizona
- Cody Patterson, University of Arizona